"Runoko Rashidi (born 1954) is a historian, essayist, author and public
lecturer based in Los Angeles, California. He authored Introduction to
the Study of African Classical Civilizations (1993) and is editor of
Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row
inmates at California's San Quentin maximum-scurity prison.
Rashidi's work focuses on his views concerning African foundations of
world civilizations. Several scholars dispute his assertions of genetic
ties between ancient African populations and indigenous and "black"
populations in the modern world. He has conducted field research
and educational group tours to India, aboriginal Australia, the Fiji
Islands and Southeast Asia, Egypt and Brazil.
Rashidi is frequently a featured writer and speaker and lectures on
topics including ancient Egypt, his belief in an African presence in
prehistoric America, Africans in antiquity, and the African presence in
Asia and other parts of the world."