World Federation, Incorporated, is a not-for-profit membership
organization, incorporated in the State of New York, United
States of America and registered by the Internal Revenue Services
a 501 (C) 4 (civic- league, social welfare) making the organization,
organization came into being on August 25, 1937 in New
York City, through the efforts of Black Americans who sent
consisting of three prominent Harlem figures, all leaders
of the black organization known as the United Aid for Ethiopia.
Reverend William Lloyd Imes, Pastor of the prestigious
St. James Presbyterian Church, Philip M. Savory of the Victory
Insurance Company and co-owner of the New York Amsterdam
and Mr. Cyril M Philp, secretary of the United Aid, sailed
to England in the summer of 1936 to speak with H.I.M.
Emperor Haile Selassie I concerning financial matters.
In response, the
Emperor empowered his personal physician Dr. Malaku E. Bayen
the Ethiopian World Federation, Incorporated with the purpose
set out in the following preamble: “We the Black People
of the World, in order to effect Unity, Solidarity, Liberty,
Freedom and self-determination, to secure Justice and maintain
the Integrity of Ethiopia, which is our divine heritage, do
hereby establish and ordain this constitution for The Ethiopian
World Federation, Incorporated”.
The Constitution and By-Laws
is, as one would expect, a very careful and businesslike document,
having articles which deal with aims and objects, membership,
international officers and their duties, conventions, elections,
meetings, local units, their establishment and organization,
committees, impeachment of officers, units, benefits, amendments,
order of business, etc.
As a direct result of the support
Ethiopia received from black people in the West during the
Italian invasion 1935-1941, the Emperor granted five (5) Gashas
of land in Shashamanne, Ethiopia, to The E.W.F. Inc., for Ethiopian
people in the Diaspora who desired to return to the motherland.
In 1970, H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I personally appointed
Ras. Marcus Selassie (Solomon Wolfe), Director of The E.W.F.
Charter # 43 in Jamaica, administrator of the “Land Grant”.
The major goal of The Ethiopian World Federation, Incorporated
is inherent in the name of the organization. The Ethiopian
(meaning all Black people), World (everywhere), Federation
(autonomous groups working together), desiring to do all we
can to restore the continent of Ethiopia-Africa to her former
state of complete independence and self-reliance thereby effecting
a social and economic betterment of the race everywhere..