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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.

1902. Ras Mäkonnen Wäldä-Mika'él Guddisa, also Makonnen Wolde Mikael Gudessa or simply as Ras Makonnen, was a general and the governor of Harar province in Ethiopia, and the father of Tafari Mäkonnen, later known as the Emperor Haile Selassie I.

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)

Amenhotep III. Husband of Queen Tiye and father of Pharaoh Akhenaton.

Africa | Uganda's King of the Tooro Kingdom, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, during his 18th birthday and coronation celebrations in Karuzika Royal Palace at Fort Portal. King Oyo is one of the world’s youngest ruling monarchs. He ascended to throne at age three after his father, King Olimi Kaboyo, died of a heart attack in 1995. He rules over more than 2 million people in the Tooro kingdom, one of four kingdoms allowed by the government to exist in Uganda | © Benedicte Desrus

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

Three Negro Congressmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Lynch Lynch was a Mississippi congressman during the Reconstruction era. He was born a slave to his white father Patrick Lynch. His mother Catherine White was a slave of mixed European and African heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_DePriest Oscar Stanton De Priest (March 9, 1871 - May 12, 1951) was an American lawmaker and civil rights advocate who served as a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1929 to

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.

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

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.