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He also has photographs of his trips to Australia, the Philippines, the Fuji Islands, Mexico

and parts of South America. These pictures are of black-skinned, Africoid people

the world over. Rashidi has been studying and researching for over thirty -five years.



Writings of Runoko Rashidi


Introduction to African Civilizations / African Presence in Early Asia / Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations


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Writings of Runoko Rashidi


Introduction to African Civilizations / African Presence in Early Asia / Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations


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Runoko Rashidi Presents Slide Presentation 

on The Global African Presence

By Junious Ricardo Stanton 


Researcher, historian, world traveler, and lecturer, Runoko Rashidi came to Philadelphia as part of the Praxis Institute's Afrikan Rites of Passage Systems 3rd International Afrikan Rites of Passage Symposium. After spending a week visiting various Philadelphia public middle and senior high schools talking to students and sharing some of his 2,000 pictures and slides of African people and cultures from around the world. 

On Saturday June 7, Brother Rashidi culminated his visit by giving a slide presentation at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Global African Presence. The one and a half hour visual presentation covered 5,000 years of history documenting African genius and greatness the world over. Mr. Rashidi's presentation started with a picture of a Egyptian Pharaoh from the third dynasty then proceeded to show and document African phenotypes throughout the continent of Africa, Arabia, Asia, Australia, the Philippines, the Fuji Islands, North and Central America.

Aside from his slide presentations, Rashidi is also known for his collaborations with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima as a contributor and editor of several books including Egypt Revisited, African Presence in Early Asia  and The African Presence in Early America. He worked closely with Dr. Van Sertima during the 1980's and then in the '90's he began to travel and lecture all around the world. To date, Rashidi has traveled to thirty-five countries and lectured in twenty-six.

Much of Rashidi's presentation showed first hand the African presence throughout Asia and the rest of the world. "India has the largest concentration of Africans of any place outside of Africa," explained Rashidi, whose slides included actual photos of people throughout India, Cambodia, and Viet Nam as well as pictures taken of temples and art of black people in Russia, China and Japan. 

He also has photographs of his trips to Australia, the Philippines, the Fuji Islands, Mexico and parts of South America. These pictures are of black-skinned, Africoid people the world over. Rashidi has been studying and researching for over thirty -five years. He is implacable in his love of black people and his desire to see us overcome the legacy of oppression not only in this hemisphere but all over the world.

"African people are oppressed in America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, but they are really oppressed in India and Australia. In Australia these black men make up less than three percent of the population but comprise over seventy percent of the prison population," Rashidi noted.  

He closed his presentation with the admonition, "All strong people emphasize their history, a weak people do not. You can blame others for your victimization, brothers and sisters, but for your salvation and liberation you have to look to yourselves, and we can do that if we learn to love each other all over again. The biggest thing to the liberation of African people is to have an undying love for your people. I believe in us and I believe we are walking on a victorious path."

Baba Heru Tehuti Mesh the Executive Director of the Praxis Institute's Rites of Passage Systems sponsored Runoko Rashidi's week long visit to Philadelphia. "This is part of our African Rites of Passage Systems in celebration of our third annual International African Rites of Passage Symposium. What we're going to be doing over the next couple of years is having speakers bureaus not only for community presentations but also for in school presentations for our students and youth. Bringing Baba Runoko was part of this effort. He visited Sayre Middle School, Thomas Middle School, Germantown High School, Elverson Middle School and Beber Middle School. When He comes back next year we'll probably have him in about twenty middle schools." 

Explaining the scope of their program, Baba Heru stated, "The Rites of Passage program is usually seasonal. There are Rites of Discover Academies that lead up to the Rites of Passage. Generally you can join a Rites of Discovery Academy from January until about February or March. Rites of Passage begins in around March and lasts through August. All the students who were in Rites of Passage this summer were already trained or prepared for it over the past months. There is also our computer technology division which runs from Penn State University teaching young people computer repair. That program runs out of 4601 Market Street and it will begin on June 24th."

The room was full for a rain-soaked Saturday presentation. The program also included a very stimulating and informative walking tour of the University of Pennsylvania's Khamitic Antiquities led by Prince Badara Ndaw a student of the legendary trail blazing Senegalese scholars Cheikh Anta Diop and Theophile Obenga. His explanations gave a definite African-centered perspective on the exhibits, the mummification and burial process displayed in the museum. 

So thorough and insightful was his presentation several visitors who were not of African descent and who were not part of the Praxis Institute's program joined our tour following him and asking questions. The tour was so interesting and engaging we overstayed the time and the guards had to ask the group to wrap it up and leave the museum.

Make liberal use also of The Global African Presence 

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