EXTRACT FROM MESSAGE FROM EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE 1 TO UNIA CONVENTION AT LIBERTY HALL. NEW YORK IN 1922, DELIVERED BY THE PERSIAN CONSUL GENERAL WHO REPRESENTED ETHIOPIA
“Here their race originated and here it can be lifted to its highest plane of usefulness and honor. Assure them of the cordiality with which I invite them back to the homeland, particularly those qualified to help solve our problems and to develop our vast resources: Teachers, artisans, mechanics, writers ,musicians ,professional men and women – all who are able to lend a hand in the constructive work which our country so deeply feels and greatly needs.
Here we have abundant room and great opportunities and here destiny is working to elevate and enthrone a race which has suffered slavery, poverty, persecution and martyrdom, but whose expanding soul and growing genius is now the hope of millions of mankind.”