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SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Nettleford Portrait for the Week

Prof Rex Nettleford (1933-2010) was a brilliant undergraduate at the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI); an Oxford University postgrad on a Rhodes scholarship who was renowned for his choreographic as well as his intellectual work; a dynamic academic, social and cultural actor back in post-independence Jamaica and on the regional and world stage; Vice-Chancellor of his alma mater, the by then UWI from 1998-2004.

VIDEO: H.I.M. Come

“Ras Tafari came to drum beats.
The Negus
God-like on a golden lion
rode shafts of sunlight
and burnt away the rain…”
(Raymond Mair, 1966, published in ‘these days i celebrate’)
Our visiting exhibition commemorating the visit to Jamaica and other Caribbean islands by Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1966, 50 years ago, has drawn wide-ranging interest.

SLIDESHOW: Launch of 50th Anniversary Exhibit Commemorating Selassie Visit

Hundreds turned out for the inaugural Selassie lecture, named for Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethopia, and the official opening of a 50th Anniversary Exhibition commemorating his 1966 visit to Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Haiti.The visiting exhibition, curated by Rootz Foundation through the 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee, is at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum until May 19.

HONOURING SELASSIE 50 YEARS AGO

April 2016 marks 50 years since Emperor Haile Selassie visited the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and received an Honorary LLD degree. The Emperor of Ethopia was in the Caribbean on a tour that included Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
Image of Haile Selassie at the UWI Mona Campus (From the Pelican – UWI student annual)
The Honorary Degree citation stated, in part:

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