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The Man Called Brown Condor: ”Colonel John Robinson, an American who was one of the fathers of the Tuskegee Airmen, nicknamed the Brown Condor.”

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"The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot" by Thomas E. Simmons

                                                                         Chapter 16


                                                       Audience with the Emperor                      


brighten the morning. John took it as a good omen on the day he was to meet Haile Selassie. The rain had turned the streets to mud but nobody seemed to notice. Robinson picked his way carefully trying to keep his shoer and pants clean until he reached the paved street that ran past the Arat kilo Ghibi Palace, built by King Menelik in the late nine-teenth century. The emperor lived in the Guenete Leul Palace but worked in the Imperial Ghibi Palace. The gate leading onto the palace but worked was guarded by two armed soldiers wearing greenish-khaki uniforms like those of the Belgian army. The smartly uniformed palace guards were special members of the seven thousand strong Imperial Body Guard, the most well equipped military unit in Ethiopia. The members of the palace Guard itself were handpicked from a northern tribe noted for their height. Most of them were nearly seven feet tall. John presented the formal invitation he had received the royal seal, it requested his presence at the palace. The ranking guard examined the card. looked Robinson over carefully, motioned for him to wait just inside the gate on the palace grounds, and proceeded to the palace.


From Pages 151 to 152

"The Man Called Brown Condor"

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