On Tuesday, July 23rd, starting at 4:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM, there will be a ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Ethiopia’s last emperor His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington DC. This is a ground breaking event; it will be the first time an Ethiopian government has acknowledged Selassie since he was deposed in 1974 by the Derg government and assassinated a year later while under house arrest.

The event is timed to coincide with Haile Selassie’s birthday and promises to further the aspirations Selassie had by bringing together a diverse audience of Ethiopians, leaders from other African nations and African-Americans under the tent of Pan-Africanism and solidarity. From building the foundation of the Organization of African States (OAU) to giving a plot of his land and calling it Shashemene in order to bring the African diaspora back home, Emperor Haile Selassie was a visionary who knew that the only way for Africa to thrive was through engendering a spirit of collectivism. The name says it all, Connecting Communities Together; Haile Selassie had it figured out, the only way for us to succeed is through collaboration instead of competing.

The keynote speakers include the Chair of the Crown Council and the grandson of Haile Selassie Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the Chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy and a direct descendant of Atse Tewodros II Lij Teodrose Fikremariam, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega, the African Union’s Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihomobori Quao and the Mayor of Washington DC Muriel Bowser.

This is an important milestone that marks the birthday of Haile Selassie and embraces the spirit of unity he instilled among Ethiopians and the broader African diaspora. This is also a celebration of the Ethiopian Crown, the world’s oldest monarchy and an institution that kept Ethiopia free of colonization for more than 3,000 years. The Ethiopian monarchy did not perish in 1974, the institution is still alive and must play a vital role going forward to serve as a unifying presence for Ethiopians back home and throughout the world.

This much needed cultural event is being sponsored by Network of Family Services and CALDAN International Media, and Purify Love Movement. There will be live performances, cultural showcases and much more. If you are in the DC metro area and love Ethiopian history and culture, we recommend you go to this fantastic event. To ensure entry, please RSVP by checking in at the EventBrite page, emailing info@nfspro.org or call them directly at 202-344-5480.

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Event Detail:
Date: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Location: Ethiopian Embassy in DC
Address: 3506 International Dr NW, Washington, DC 20008
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Listen to this most prescient speech by Haile Selassie that he gave at the United Nations in 1963. This speech would later on used as the foundation for Bob Marley’s iconic song “War”.