The Global African Presence: A presentation
Thursday September 8, 2011
by Dr. Runoko Rashidi
Time: 1800 hrs (6pm)
Venue: National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe
FREE FREE FREE Bring a friend and the whole family.
Q&A follows presentation
Runoko Rashidi is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler,
and public lecturer focusing on the African foundations of world
civilizations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia,
Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated numerous historic
educational group tours worldwide.
Dr. Rashidi is highly sought after for radio, television, and newspaper
interviews, having been interviewed on hundreds of radio broadcasts and TV
programs. He has made presentations at more than 125 colleges, universities,
secondary schools, libraries, book stores, churches and community centers. On
the international circuit he has lectured in over 50 countries.
Dr. Rashidi is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical
Civilizations. He edited, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, The African
Presence in Early Asia, considered "the most comprehensive volume on the
subject yet produced". Dr. Rashidi also authored The Global African
Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. In
December 2005 Dr. Rashidi released his first text in French, A Thousand Year
History of the African Presence in Asia. He is the author of the forthcoming
work Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe.
As an essayist and contributing writer, Dr. Rashidi's articles have appeared
in more than seventy-five publications. His historical essays have been
featured in the Journal of Civilizations Anthologies, and cover the global
Included among the notable African scholars that Runoko has worked with and
been influenced by are: John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Yosef
ben-Jochannan, Chancellor James Williams, Charles B. Copher, Edward Vivian
Scobie, Ivan Van Sertima, Asa G. Hilliard III, Karen Ann Johnson, Obadele
Williams, Charles S. Finch, James E. Brunson, Wayne B. Chandler, Legrand H.
Clegg II, and Jan Carew.
As a traveler, Runoko has visited one hundred countries, colonies and
overseas territories in a twelve year period beginning in 1999.
Dr. Rashidi believes that his main mission in life is to help make Africans
proud of themselves, to help change the way Africa is viewed in the world and
to help reunite a family of people that has been separated far too long
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