American historian, Runoko Rashidi has passed away | Obituary – Dead | Cause of Death

Runoko Rashidi Death – Obituary: Runoko Rashidi Has Passed Away. Runoko Rashidi born in 1954 was an American historian, essayist, author and public lecturer based in Los Angeles, California, and Paris, France. He is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations (1993) and the editor of Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California’s San Quentin maximum-security prison.

He was a member of the editorial board of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studie, and he held an honorary doctorate of divinity from Amen-Ra Theological Seminary (Los Angeles, California). He also supported the work of controversial scholars like the late Ivan Van Sertima.

The death of the respected academic Runoko Rashidi was announced late last night by his friends and family. He passed away while on a research trip to Egypt on 2 August. Messages of love, support and remembrance are pouring in for the historian online.

Books by Runoko Rashidi

Black Star: the African Presence in Early Europe

African Star Over Asia: The Black Presence in the East

My Global Journeys in Search of the African Presence

Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations

Uncovering the African Past: The Ivan Van Sertima Papers

We are immensely sad to hear about the passing away of Runoko Rashidi which was made known through several notices that we came across through the social media on August 3, 2021.

Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow, Someone so special can never be forgotten and will be thinking of you in this moment of pain.

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Friends, Family and loved ones are extremely sad and currently grieving as the news of Runoko Rashidi death was made known to the public.

For every start of a journey, there must be an end. The journey of the deceased has sadly come to an end on earth. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult. We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss.

We hope this living tribute will bring comfort to you and your family.

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