The African Union (AU) has put a of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I in its . Selassie was from 1930 to 1974. The statue is for his in creating the Organization of African Union (OAU). His was for African free from . He said: "May this last 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years. It changed into the AU in 2002. The AU continues Selassie's vision of greater African .
Emperor Selassie was in 1892. His family's go back 3,000 years to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. He was an figure in Ethiopian . He was a skilled and helped Ethiopia become a charter of the U.N. Haile Selassie is a part of the Rastafarian . Rastafarians believe he is a messiah who came to Earth to spread God's . The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his eventual from power.