Rightfully Recognize Emperor Haile Selassie I's Contributions to the Organization of African Unity
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The Ethiopian government, and the African Union's, disassociation of Emperor Haile Selassie I from the history of Pan Africanism and the Organization of African Unity is akin to disassociating Dr. Martin Luther King from the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King another great visionary once said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
His Majesty, King of Kings Haile Selassie I, also spoke about the same kind of people (who stand by watch and do nothing when a grave injustice is committed against another (country or individual): "Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, and the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph."
One of His Majesty Haile Selassie I's greatest accomplishments, and there were many, was to bring two differing political groups together to establish "an organization that wold unite all of Africa," In recognition of this great achievement thirty-two members of the OAU voted HIM "Father of African Unity".
Today, the Name of Emperor Haile Selassie I is barely mentioned and His accomplishments are no longer recognized in His own country nor by the by very organization which he caused to be established.
It is important that we remember him and boldly speak His Name and His accomplishments at home and abroad and separate history from politics because history must be free of political influence and ethnic ideologies.
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