H.I.M. Haile Selassie I
Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Root of David, Elect of God, Earth Rightfull Ruler
However wise or however mighty a person may be, he is like a ship without a rudder if he is without GOD!
I pray to thee, Almighty God, Jah Rastafari, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah.
That the words of mine own mouth as well the meditations of mine own heart be acceptable in thy sight.
That thou givest me strenght in my hour of weakness, wisdom in my hour of foolishness, patience in my hour of vex, understanding in my hour of confusion, grace and forgiveness in my hour of judgement.
EMPRESS MENEN ASFAW
QUEEN OF QUEENS
Whenever the struggle for Black self-determination is studied, the focus is often on the brave and courageous men who gave their lives for the betterment of their people. However little study is given to the women who also played a vital role in this struggle. The Black woman's role in the struggle for freedom and equality cannot be overstated. Every great man in history has come into the world through the womb of a woman, and historically the Black woman has been a pillar of strength throughout Africa and the Diaspora. On November 2, 1930, when His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I ascended the throne of Ethiopia as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, and True Light of this World, he was not alone. Empress Menen was at his right hand, and was crowned Queen of Queens shortly after. This was the first time in history that a King and Queen were crowned at the same time. When Emperor Haile Selassie I ordered that his Queen be crowned at the same time as himself, he broke with centuries-old traditions and set a new precedent for how women were to be viewed in Ethiopia and throughout the African Diaspora. When the 72 invited nations bowed down before the Emperor, they also bowed before Empress Menen. Empress Menen and Emperor Haile Selassie I are both of the King Solomon and Queen of Sheba lineage. Their coronations were seen by The Rastafarian movement as a fulfilment of prophecy, and are exalted as King Alpha and Queen Omega, the beginning without an end. Empress Menen is worshiped as the Mother of Creation and provides a strong role model for Rasta women.
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