History

Ethiopian-Americans grateful on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is an important occasion for all those fighting for freedom.  Ethiopian-Americans have been among the beneficiaries of the struggles waged by Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The ebony kinship that binds Ethiopian-Americans and African-Americans have deep roots.  His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie I was among the […]

Contribution of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie celebrated

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – His majesty Haile Selassie’s contribution to the establishment of Organization of African Unity has been celebrated in Addis Ababa in the presence of Thabo Mbeki, former South African president. Mbeki recognized his majesty’s immense role in Africa’s independence struggle and in the establishment of the African union organization. The keynote speaker, […]

The prince and the adventurer

Prince Alemayehu Tewodros (Photo:  Julia Margaret Cameron.)

By Wight Living FOR ME, one of the most haunting of all the images captured by Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is of an Ethiopian prince and his captor. The picture illustrates the paradoxes of Britain’s 19th century imperial adventure. By 1900, the British Empire controlled a quarter of the planet. Although ultimately enforced by […]

Does African Diplomacy Remember Heroes?

Ketema Yifru and Emperor Haile Selassie (Photo: www.oau-creation.com )

By Makonnen Ketema  In the past couple of months, we have been hearing about the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).  A committee has been formed to celebrate the anniversary of the inception of Africa’s continental organization, now known as the African Union (AU). As I am not privy to the details, […]

From Haile Selassie to Bibi Netanyahu

Emperor Haile Selassie

On June 20, 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia addressed the League of Nations following the annexation of his nation by Italy the previous year, after Mussolini’s army had invaded. Both nations were members of the League. It condemned the invasion and had imposed economic sanctions that were weak and ignored by its members. In […]