This timeline lists some of the events that shaped the Rastafaian Movement.
Born in the parish of
Tafari Makonnen, also known as Ras (King) Tafari Makonnen, is
born to Emperor Menelik II in
Considered the "first Rastafarian," Howell is born
in the Parish of
During the 1920s, Marcus Garvey is believed to have prophesied the coming of a black African King that would set the people free.
During the 1930s, Leonard P. Howell creates the doctrines that will be the cornerstone of the Rastafarian movement.
On this date, Ras (King) Tafari Makonnen is crowned the King of Ethiopia and takes the name of Haile Selassie I.
This date commemorates the creation of the first formal written Ethiopian Constitution initiated by Haile Selassie I.
Due to failing health, Marcus Garvey dies in
Also known as Bob Marley, Robert is born in the small village
of Nine Miles, in Saint Ann Parish,
On this date, Haile Selassie I visits
Clouded by controversy, 83-year-old Haile Selassie I dies unexpectedly. Many Rastafarians, and others, believe he was assassinated.
Leonard P. Howell dies sometime in February of 1981. There is little information available regarding his death.
Bob Marley is one of the most prominent and legendary figures
in the Rastafarian movement. On this date, Marley succumbs to his fight with
malignant melanoma cancer in
The Rastafari movement was an integral part of Bob Marley's life. See these links for more information on this religion and lifestyle.
This guide was created by Mary Rodriguez-Noble, a MLIS student from Kent State University. The guide was completed as part of her practicum hours.