1966

VIDEO: H.I.M. Come

“Ras Tafari came to drum beats.
The Negus
God-like on a golden lion
rode shafts of sunlight
and burnt away the rain…”
(Raymond Mair, 1966, published in ‘these days i celebrate’)
Our visiting exhibition commemorating the visit to Jamaica and other Caribbean islands by Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1966, 50 years ago, has drawn wide-ranging interest.

VIDEO: SELASSIE RECOLLECTIONS

The visit to Jamaica by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966 is still clearly remembered by many people over 50, and has been heard of by many others. The visiting exhibition on at the UWI Museum in April/May 2016, curated by Rootz Foundation, marks the 50th anniversary of the state visit to the Caribbean, with stops in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Haiti. The initial catalyst for the visit was an invitation tendered by Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Eric Williams.

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