Runoko Rashidi (b. 1954 - d. August 2, 2021) was a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African foundations of world civilizations. He was particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and coordinated numerous historic educational group tours worldwide.
Dr. Rashidi was highly sought after for radio, television, and newspaper interviews, having been interviewed on hundreds of radio broadcasts and TV programs. He made presentations at more than 125 colleges, universities, secondary schools, libraries, book stores, churches and community centers. On the international circuit he lectured in over 50 countries.
Dr. Rashidi was 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.
As a traveler, Runoko visited well over one hundred countries, colonies and overseas territories.