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Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael Guddesa of Harrar Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael (May 8, 1852 – March 21, 1906) was the father of Emperor Haile Selassie, and first cousin and close confidante of Emperor Menelik II. He was the grandson of King Sahle Selassie of Shewa through his mother Tenagnework Sahle Selassie. His father, Fitawrari Wolde Mikael Guddesa is said to have both Oromo and Tigrean blood in addition to Shewan Amhara heritage.

Babies who died during the genocide, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda. 2 of the 800,000 who were slaughtered.

Haile Selassie I = H.I.M = Rastafari - His Imperial Highness Ras Makonnen Walda - Mikael Tafari - General and Governor of Harar (Emperor Haile Selassie I Father)

another portrait of Queen Binao of the Sakalava kingdom of Madagascar, who reigned 1895-1927, with an attendant. Photo around 1904.

Amenhotep III. Husband of Queen Tiye the Ethiopian, and father of Pharaoh Akhenaton. His first born son, Thutmose, either died or disappeared under unknown circumstances. Both sons have been the subject of much debate as possibly being the Historical Moses. As they were the sons of an Ethiopian, rather than Egyptian mother, neither was acceptable to the priests and nobility as Pharaoh.

HOW IT IS DONE -- "My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear? -- Paul Robeson (1898-1976) during his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 12, 1956

Empress Menen Asfaw (Baptismal name Wolete Giyorgis 3 April 1891 – 15 February 1962) was the wife and consort of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.

funerary guardian for the mastaba tomb of Imhotep by ggnyc, via Flickr

Greetings in the name of the most high, his imperial majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, conquering lion of the tribe of Judah, Jahhhhh! Rastafari.

Sojourner Truth poses for a portrait while knitting at a small table. Sojourner Truth, whose legal name was Isabella Van Wagener, was born into slavery but later freed. She worked as an abolitionist, a suffragette, and an evangelist and traveled throughout the Midwest drawing large crowds.

Mother and child Bamun Kingdom, Cameroon Princess Ngutane cradles her firstborn son, Amidou Mounde, who was born in 1915 Photograph - Horniman Museum London