The Day of the Rasta
— On this date on November 14, 1996, the United Nations gave its largest endorsement to date to the Rastafarian movement.
On this date the Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) of the United Nations approved the consultative status of the International Rastafarian Development Society as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
The Jamaica Gleamer newspaper reported the story. The paper quotes historian and scholar Berry Chevannes who has written extensively on the Rastafarian movement and commended the recognition. “Any incorporation of the Rastafarian movement at that level is tantamount to bestowing legitimacy. (but) there are some within the movement who will see it as a watering down of the message.”
The Gleamer describes the Rastafarian movement and its adherents as follows: “They believe that repatriation — the miraculous return to Ethiopia by the supernatural power of the King — is the way of redemption for all blacks.”
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