Emperor Haile Selassie I (born Lij Tafari Makonnen Ge’ez, Amh. pronounciation lij teferī mekōnnin, July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was de jure Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and de facto from 1916 to 1936 and 1941 to 1974. His name means “power of the Trinity.” (1)
His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I,
girmawi qedamawi ‘atse hayille sillasie,
Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
mō’a ‘anbassā za’imnaggada yīhūda nigūsa nagast za’ītyōṗṗyā,
King of Kings and Elect of God.
Jah! Ras Tafari!
Selected Speeches of Haile Selassie Paperback – December 15, 2000
These speeches portray the breadth of the Emperor’s vision. They detail the persistence, the determination and the unflagging drive with which he pursued the application of “modern Ethiopianism,” to which history cannot fail to testify. The Emperor’s idealism, coupled with his insistence on transforming his country, both on the domestic and international fronts, his courage in the face of adversity, his unchallenged perspicacity, his keen sense in evaluating world events, his unfailing respect for principles, and his abiding faith in humanity should make this volume a ready-reference on the history of modern Ethiopia. Description by Minasse Haile, Minister of State of Information.