I am a Rastafarian and an author. I have written "Overstanding Rastafari - Jamaica's Gift to the World". It was launched in 2007 and it was recognised by the Jamaican Parliament as a valuable resource for schools and communities across Jamaica and the world.
I explain how Rastafari started:
"The dawn of the 1930s was illuminated by the Afrocentric awakening of the black masses in Jamaica, instigated by the early RASTAFARIAN pioneers, fresh on the heels of the Grand Coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, in Ethiopia, which triggered the birth of the RASTAFARIAN movement (in Jamaica).
The streets were energised by the inspired preachings and teachings of The Honourable Leonard Howell, one of the earliest RASTAFARIAN pioneers. Others also emerged over time such as; Bro. Joseph Hibbert, Bro. Philmore Alvaranga, Robert Hinds, Archibald Dunkley, Prince Immanuel Edwards, Ras Boarnerges, Sam Brown, Count Ossie and Douglas Mack, among others.
Brother Howell was the foremost RASTAFARIAN brethren who openly proclaimed the Divinity of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I. He heralded the newly crowned Emperor as the returned Messiah, the Godhead in flesh, alluded to by Marcus Mosiah Garvey and various scriptural prophecies.
Brother Howell operated in Kingston, St. Thomas and later (while constantly being hounded by the police) established a large RASTAFARIAN camp, called “Pinnacle” in the hills adjacent to Sligoville, in the parish of St. Catherine.
The Pinnacle Camp was administered by a council of elders and was rapidly expanded to embrace the hundreds of RASTAFARIANS and many adherents".
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