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His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I (right) during his visit to Jamaica

Haile Selassie I visits Jamaica

On this day in Caribbean history April 21, 1966, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, King of Kings, Conquering Lion of Judah, arrived in Jamaica for a three-day state visit.

The spiritual head of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community, he was greeted at the Norman Manley International Airport by then Governor Sir Clifford Campbell General as well as other dignitaries, and was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds.

Selassie I’s visit to Jamaica was a momentous occasion.

During his three-day visit to Jamaica, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I addressed both houses of the Jamaican Parliament. While in Jamaica, he also received the honorary degree of Doctors of Laws from the University of the West Indies.  

Haile Selassie I died on August 28, 1975 of a respiratory failure.

Check out His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I during his visit to Jamaica below:

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