On the Glory of People and Kings: Abyssinia, the Battle of Adwa, and the Rise of the African Diaspora


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Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the Glory of People and Kings: Abyssinia, the Battle of Adwa, and the Rise of the African Diaspora

On the continent of Africa, Ethiopia possesses one of the most distinguished histories in the world. This vast and complex history includes: the earliest hominids, the ancient empire of Aksum, the thirteenth century text, the Kebra Negast (“The Book of the Glory of Kings”), the legacy of Tewodros II (Kassa Hailu), the Meneliks (I and II) and the Solomonic lineage of Kings, and the rule of Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie). There was a time when Ethiopia, also known as Abyssinia, was the touchstone for blacks the world over. In ancient times Blacks were collectively referred to as “Ethiopians” or “Abyssinians” by the Greeks. The often quoted biblical passage, “Princes (or ambassadors/envoys) shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will soon stretch out her…

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