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Pioneers & Martyrs | DARC Foundation (Diaspora of The African Rastafari Congress)

Pioneers &

Martyrs

of The Rastafari Movement

The elders who made

History

Rising from the proliferation of Ethiopianism and Pan-Africanism, The Rastafari Movement took root in Jamaica following the coronation of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1930. A spiritual movement based on the belief in Selassie’s divinity, followers surrounded leaders like Leonard Howell, who founded the first prominent Rastafari community in 1940.  Other devoted followers, pioneers and martys of the Rastafari Movement can be found below.

Ras Sam Brown

Ras Sam Brown

Ras Sam Brown (16 December 1925-August 1998) was a Maverick, a Jamaican RasTafari elder well known in Kingston for his politics after he participated in the elections of 1961 with his Suffering People's Party.  The first Rasta to ever stand for politics his influence...

Prophet Gad

Prophet Gad

Prophet Gad was born as Vernon Carrington on November 1, 1936. Prophet Gad founded the Twelve Tribes of Israel branch of the RasTafari movement in 1968. He was also a member of The Ethiopian World Federation (EWF Inc.) that was founded by Emperor Haile Sellassie 1st...

Rev. James Morris Webb

Rev. James Morris Webb

“LOOK TO AFRICA, WHEN A BLACK KING SHALL BE CROWNED” Many people believe that it was Marcus Garvey who in 1920, said ("Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand"), came true in 1930, when Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned...

Rt. Hon. Prince Emmanuel Charles Edwards

Rt. Hon. Prince Emmanuel Charles Edwards

In this article I would like to examine the formative years of the EABIC and its Founder, Leader, Rt. Hon. Prince Emmanuel Charles Edwards. Among the countless number of immortalized heroes, who have selflessly fought for the upliftment of our race, the Rt. Hon....

Alexander Bedward

Alexander Bedward

Between 1891 and 1921, Alexander Bedward, an African-Jamaican healer, led the Jamaica Baptist Free Church in August Town, Jamaica, on the Hope River. Born in 1848 or 1850 at the present Matilda's Corner, then part of Hope Plantation in St. Andrew Parish, Bedward died...

The Honorable Marcus Garvey

The Honorable Marcus Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), an African man from the West Indies, was one of the first to articulate the concept of African nationalism - of black people returning to Africa, the continent of their forefathers, to build a great nation of their own. Garvey spent...

Ras Mortimo St George Planno

Ras Mortimo St George Planno

Mortimo St George Planno was born 6th  September 1929; married (two sons, one daughter); Transition to the realm of ancestor in Kingston, Jamaica 5 March 2006. Mortimo Planno  aka Kumi was one of the most revered figures of the RasTafari movement. Crucial to the early...

Ras Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert

Ras Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert

Ras Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert was born 1894 and died September 18, 1986. Along with Leonard Howell, Archibald Dunkley, and Robert Hinds, he was one of the first preachers of the Ras Tafari movement in Jamaica following the coronation of Ras Tafari as Emperor Haile...

Count Ossie

Count Ossie

Highly popular and successful Jamaican drummer who played on some seminal early reggae records. Born Oswald Williams in the year1926,  in the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica, Count Ossie was a drummer, percussionist, and vocalist. The foundations of reggae and its...

Ras Boanerges’ aka Bongo Watto

Ras Boanerges’ aka Bongo Watto

Born, George Watson, in the parish of St. Mary Jamaica W.I. on July 1st, 1925. Ras Boanerges' aka Bongo Watto, similarly to many of the early Ras Tafari leaders was a street preacher. In fact he adopted the name Boanerges '(The sons of Thunder), from the Bible text...

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