In April 1961, Rastafari members of the Mission to Africa passed through London.
In Notting Hill, on the day of leaving for Ethiopia, the Brethren wrote two letters, which I reproduce here:
“With all thy getting get understanding”
Vox Populi Vox Dei, I.N.R.I.
“The Just shall live by his faith”
The Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica
Apostles of the Negus
32 Adastra Rd
Kgn.2 Jam. W.I.
H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II
Her Royal Highness,
Peace and Love be unto thee, from we Rastafari Brethren passing through your boundaries.
We know your Highness of your ancestors Queen Elizabeth I, who gave John Hawkins a Royal Charter to develop his West India Trading Company through slavery, and her gracious majesty Queen Victoria, of whom you are a descendent, freed the Black People of this Western Hemisphere (brought here through slavery) from Chattel slavery.
We Rastafarian Brethren of Jamaica do earnestly and sincerely desire your Royal Highness, to follow in the footsteps of so illustrious an ancestor as he Great Queen Victoria (who freed the Blackman of this western hemisphere from chains), and free all Black People within your Commonwealth, from political, economical, and Religious slavery to which we are subjected in this present time.
We humbly thank the late King James of England, for handing down his authorized translated version of the Bible to Christianize and to civilize us.
From the love and study of the Bible, the history of man and the earth, as much as our mental faculties can exercise, Since Almighty God has placed no limitation upon man’s mental capacities! We have derived a true conception based upon the Divnitiy of character of Emperor Haile Selassie I, whom we Rastafari Brethren depict as the Living God, the Returned messiah, the Ancient of Days.
We know through the bible scriptural passages that Repatriation for we Black people to our ancestral borders are inevitable.
Biblical Proof of Rastafarian Conceptions
(1)Acts of Apos. chap 2. ver. 29-32 states: That of the fruits of David’s loins according to the flesh, God shall raise up Christ to sit on His throne.
Rev. chap 5 ver -5 “Weep Not! Behold! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root and the Offspring of David Hath Prevailed”.
Rev. 17 Ver 14 “He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(2) Isiah ch.43 ver 5-7 “Fear not for I am with thee, I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee from the West, I will say unto the North give up, and to the South keep not back. Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the arth.
Heb chap 11 ver -15 “And truly if they had been mindful of that country, from whence they came out, they might have opportunity to have returned.”
It is WRITTEN: Let the words of God be true and all men be liars
1930: Prince Regent Dejatchmatch Rastafari Makonen of Ethiopia and Sheba was crowned as the King of Kings and Lords of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Davit (David well beloved of God).
17th century: There was mass slave trading by the European colonial powers, Portugal, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, and others, who forcibly expatriated Black people from our ancestral Birthplace.
Charter of Human Rights
The U.N.O. Charter on Human Rights states: That any displaced people be repatriated to their respective borders should this be their desire. Therefore we the Descendants of Ethiopian (African) slaves, who were forcibly brought to this Western Hemisphere, do desire Repatriation to our ancestral and antecedents borders.
Motto of Rastafari Brethren
1) Passive resistance non violence. “I came not to destroy but to fulfill”.
2) Abstention from cutting the Hair, or marring the corners of Thy Beard Psm. 133
3) We know that Herbs (Ganja) was created for the service of Man, and grass for the cattle and animals, also for the Healing of the Nations. Gen.1
These conceptions your Highness, are basic Rastafari Principles and meditation, of which it was necessary to inform you.
We would write to you more but we do desire to meet you face to face ,to impart unto you, some spiritual gifts. May this letter please Thee your Highness. Our Peace we leave with tee not as this world giveth thee.
The Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica
32 Adastra Rd Kg. Jam, W.I.
The Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan
Prime Minister of Great Britain and United Kingdom
Chief Administrator of the British Empire
Greetings in Love and peace from we Rastafarian Brethren of Jamaica, passing through your country.
We pay Homage to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, descendant of the Great Queen Victoria who freed the Blackman in the Western Hemisphere from chattel slavery, and handed down the King James authorized version of the Bible, to civilize and to christianize us.
After a careful and detailed study of the Bible, and with our love for it, increasing daily, with the passage of time, we say let the words of God be true and all men be liars.
For 30 yrs. we have meditated, and closely followed the Bible scriptural passages, ever since 1930 when the whole world observed the Coronation of Prince Regent Dejatchmatch Rastafari Makonen, as Emperor Haile Selassie I King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Keeper of the faith of the Dynasty of Judah, 225th in line of the Solomonian Dynasty founded by King Solomon and Queen Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, DAVIT (David well beloved of God Lekena Denghel ( incence of the virgin).
Out of the study and Love of the Biblical texts, and scriptural passages, and the History of Man, we have derived a true concept based upon the DIVINITY of the Character of Emperor Haile Selassie I whom we Rastafari Brethren know to be the Living God, The Returned Messiah, the Ancient of Days.
Acts of apos. c2 v29-32 states that of the fruit of David’s loins according to the flesh, God shall raise up Christ to sit on His throne.
We Believe in abstention from cutting of the hair or marring the corners of thy Beard. Lev. 21 v 5-6 Num6 v6. ps.133.
We also know, Sir, that the Creation of Herbs (ganja) is for the service of man, and for the healing of the Nations. Almight God intended it so. Gen ch.1 v11-12 Ps.104 Rev.22
We know, sir, that every fig must return to its own vine and fig tree. Isiah 43 v 5-7 states – fear not for I am with thee, I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee from the West, I will say to the North give up and to the South keep not back, bring my sons from far, and my Daughters from the ends of the earth.
This is interpreted Hon. Sir, as Repatriation for us slave sons, whose ancestors were carried away captives – fulfilling the scriptures Ps. 137 v3. Therefore, sir, Repatriation is our Ancestral and antecedent borders are inevitable.
The U.N.O. charter on Human Rights states – that any displaced peoples, be repatriated to their respective borders should this be their desire (re. case Israeli). Therefore we the descendants of Ethiopian (African) slaves who were forcibly brought to this Western Hemisphere, do desire Repatriation to our Ancestral and antecedent borders Heb. ch.11 v 15,16 v.22
Fulfillment of Prophesy
In 1935 we saw the Italy aggression of Benito Mussolini against Ethiopia, while other European powers stood idle by, although Italy was condemned by the League of Nations.
The Emperor Haile Selassie I then appeared before the League of Nations and said “that God and History would remember their Judgments if they did not acknowledge these accomplished facts.” The Emperor said “you have struck the match in Ethiopia but it shall burn Europe”. These prophetic words come true in 1939. Hitler started a World War II.
In 1941 the Emperor re-entered Ethiopia, with the aid of Great Britain. Thus the scriptures fulfilled, They shall wage war with the lamb, and the lamb shall overcome them for He is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Rev.17
The above lines are a narrative of basic Rastafarian Principles and meditation.
History of Rases in Jamaica
Even before Hon. Marcus Garvey came on the scene there were Back-To-Africa movements going on in Jamaica (re. Bedward and Gordon).
In 1930 with the Coronation of Haile Selassie I the Rastafarian movements became active, depicting the Emperor as the Returned Messiah, and speaking of repatriation back-to-Africa.
We have been duly discriminated against, and prosecuted falsely because of our conceptions.
In 1959 a man named the Rev. Claudius Henry, who although of Jamaican birth was an American citizen came from America and started the African Reform Church.
He was subsequently arrested and charged for treason. His son Ronald also an American citizen by birth, and his friends came to Jamaica, armed, clashed with security forces, and was apprehended, but not before killing two pursuing British Hampshire Soldiers. They were subsequently hanged.
The News Headlines flashed discriminating remarks against we Rastafarians, although we knew none of the Henrys, neither did they know the Rases, they were not Rastafarians, yet we got the blame, although they received the punishments.
The U.C.W.I. then sent an investigation team to tour the Rases community, and a book of Research and recommendations was published by them, on the Rastafari movement in Jamaica.
The Premier of Jamaica, the Hon N.W. Manley Q.C. agreed in principle to the U.C.W.I. recommendation, he called in various delegations of Rases (of which we the Rases of Eastern and Central Kgn. were included) for interviews, and negotiated a fact finding Back-to-Africa mission of which we are delegates.
We the Rases of Eastern and Central Kgn. gave to the premier our agenda (enclosed with this letter) on the 10th Mar. 1961 workers employed by the West-Indies Home contractors at Harbour View Housing Project Kgn. Jam. threatened strike action, because of the unfair dismissal of a worker, of the 600 workers 250 were Rases and sympathizers, all 200 were dismissed proving discrimination against we the Rases unnecessarily.
These incidents strengthen our faith in Rastafari movements, assuring us of no Justice in this Western Hemisphere, for our Love we are rewarded with hatred, and fought against without a cause, but we give ourselves unto prayers.
And let us not be weary in well doing Hon. Sir for in due season we shall reap if we faint not, as we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all men especially unto them that are of the household of faith.
We would write to you more but we do desire a personal interview to meet you face to face to impart unto you some more spiritual gifts. Our peace we leave with thee, not as the world giveth thee.
We Remain faithfully
Filmore Alvaranga & Douglas Mack,
Rases of East & Cen. Kg.
Delegates on the Back to Africa Mission
for I am a Great King and my Name is Dreadful amongst the Heathens. Mal 1.v14 Selah