In , he led a group of seventeen African-Americans to India, and became the first ever non-Indian recipient of the prestigious Dr. You may write Runoko at Runoko Rashidi, Box , San Antonio, Texas Runoko Rashidi is very active online. Runoko Rashidi (born ) is a historian, essayist, author and public lecturer based in Los Angeles, California and Paris, France. He is the author of. Runoko Rashidi. Biography. It looks like we don't have any Biography for Runoko Rashidi yet. Be the first to contribute! Just click the "Edit page. We will look at the African presence in classical Asian civilizations. It examines the African origins and evolution of humanity, the African presence in classical civilizations, and Africans and people of African descent who distinguished themselves against all odds.
He is the author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent of which are Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe and African Star over Asia: The Black Presence in the East.
Born in and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Rashidi grew up biograohy the Black Power Movement. The biography Runoko Rashidi was given to him when he was 18 or 19 years old. The name Runoko comes from the Shona community in Zimbabwe and means handsome and Rashidi is Kiswahili, from Tanzania meaning counselor orteacher.
At the age of 18, Rashidi read The Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams. That book, he says put him on runok path as a historian.
Rashidi went to public school in Los Angeles, but joined a biography group and then went to California State University at Northridge.
He briefly studied anthropology and archeology at U. InRashidi met his major scholarly influence: Ivan Van Sertima, who was the leading authority in the world on the African Presence in pre-Colonial America and the founder of the Journal of African Civilization.
His historical biographies have been prominently featured in virtually all of the critically acclaimed Journal of Civilizations anthologies, and cover the broad spectrum of the African presence globally. The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific.
He edited, along
biography Dr. In he released his first biograaphy in French titled A Rasbidi Year History of the African Presence in Asia. In that same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary in Los Angeles.
Rashidi also worked and was influenced by such notable scholars as Dr. John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Yosef ben-Jochannan, Dr. Bilgraphy James Williams, Dr. Edward Vivian Scobie, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Hilliard III, Charles S.
Eunoko II, and Dr. As a public lecturer, during the past twenty years he has made major presentations at more than colleges, universities, secondary schools, libraries, book stores, churches and community centers. Currently based in Los Angeles he regularly leads African-heritage tours runok offers history courses online.