Priest Douglas Smith

Director of Cultivation Quality Control

Priest Douggie, a Jamaican, was born in Kinston, Jamaica and began living at Bobo Hill full time in 1976 and became a handpicked student of the Boboshanti High Priest, King Emmanuel Charles Edwards. In addition, he was appointed International Liaison for the Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress (EABIC) by King Emmanuel. He has fulfilled that role in multiple ways ever since, interfacing between the Rastafari Movement and the Ethiopian Royal Family on common matters. Over the last ten years Priest Douggie has worked very closely with the Anthropological Department of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. He was an integral part of the Board of Rastafari advisors that oversaw the groundbreaking exhibition, “Discovering Rastafari”. He also provided many of the Boboshanti artifacts for the historic Rastafari exhibit which was on public display at the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. from November 2007 to November 2011. He has helped and supported individuals and projects from the Boboshanti, Nyahbinghi, 12 Tribes, the Ethiopian World Federation, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, as well as projects and individuals with no particular affiliation. He has operated as an internal diplomat within the Rastafari Movement itself, and also as an external diplomat to the wider outside community. Priest Douggie is one of few who have earned the right to speak in any Rastafari congregation. As such, Priest Douggie has made presentations at a number of educational institutions including the University of Miami, Florida International University, Broward Community College, the University of Central Florida, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Temple University in Philadelphia, and at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. In 2012 Priest Douggie authored the culturally acclaimed book about King Emmanuel Charles Edwards entitled, “Philosophy & Opinions of the High Priest”. Priest Douggie’s many credentials and his 40-year track record in the EABIC and the African Liberation Struggle, made him eminently qualified to testify to the good words, good works and good deeds of King Emmanuel and to write this volume. Edited by Ras I. Jabulani Tafari, “Philosophy & Opinions of the High Priest” is intended to be an inspirational instruction manual for the spiritually inclined, as well as a teaching tool for Shepherds with flocks to tend to. Currently, he is a leading Priest and a founding member of the Miami, Florida branch of the EABIC, and he is the President of the Rootz Foundation Inc., a Florida-based non-profit organization. He is also a business owner and the creator of the Talawah Roots Tonic.

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Priest Douglas Smith

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