Haile Selassie IHai·le Se·las·sie I
Title of Ras Tafari Makonnen. 1892–1975.
Emperor of Ethiopia (1930–1974). After the Italian invasion of his country (1936), he fled to England, returned to Ethiopia with Allied troops (1941), and held the throne until deposed in a military coup (1974). He is regarded as a divine figure by the Rastafarians.