On August 2, 2021 Dr. Runoko Rashidi transitioned in Egypt to walk no more in the earthly relm, but to walk among the ancestors
knowing that when it came to his people, he fulfilled his purpose and his job was well done.
Runoko Rashidi, was a world traveler for over 30 years, traveling to over 125 countries.
Follow scholar, author, historian, and lecturer, Dr. Runoko Rashidi as he journeys around the globe uncovering the African Presence in Europe, Asia, North & South America, in addition to clarifying misconceptions about Africa, its history and peoples.
Dr. Runoko Rashidi presents, revealing stories, characters and historical truths often hidden in plain sight, sharing fascinating and intriguing tales in some of the world’s most recognizable places as well as off the beaten path.
The 80 minute bio-doc film presents a different interpretation of much of the history we think we already know as seen through the eyes of globe-trotting Rashidi. This real-life Indiana Jones has dedicated his life to unearthing the Global African Presence from Egypt to Timbuktu, from Ghana to Brazil, from Morocco to Madrid, from London and Paris to Washington, DC. and all stops in between; interpreting for the viewer the meaning of this hidden treasure of knowledge, and in the process, just maybe changing minds by changing perceptions.
Global Assignment embarks on journeys of discovery from his stateside studio to far flung locations around the globe. We see characters from the past come to life through reenactments. We see stories of heroism and betrayal, of love and loss, of legend and myth; we see that what you think you know about Western Civilization turned on its head.
We examine artifacts, ruins, visit museums and galleries and see what the world was like at the time when the objects were created or the edifices constructed. We see history come alive. We see how African influences show up in Art, Architecture, Music, Literature, Language and all manner of cultural influences big and small, on a global scale.
Runoko Rashidi is an anthropologist and historian with a major focus on what he calls the Global African Presence–that is, Africans outside of Africa before and after enslavement. He is the author or editor of eighteen books.
As a traveler and researcher Dr. Rashidi has visited 120 countries. As a lecturer and presenter, he has spoken in sixty-five countries.
Runoko has worked with and under some of the most distinguished scholars of our generation, including Ivan Van Sertima, John Henrik Clarke, Asa G. Hilliard, Edward Scobie, John G. Jackson, Jan Carew and Yosef ben-Jochannan.
In 2005 Rashidi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary in Los Angeles.
He is currently pursuing a major work on the African presence in the museums of the world.
As a tour leader he has taken groups to India, Australia, Fiji, Turkey, Jordan, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Togo, Benin, France, Belgium, England, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Ethiopia, Mexico, Luxembourg, Germany, Cameroon, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, the Gambia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Runoko Rashidi’s major mission in life is the uplift of African people, those at home and those abroad. He is the official Traveling Ambassador for Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.
Filming throughout Egypt with the TMGI team.
At The Monument To Rebel Enslaved Africans In Matanzas, Cuba In July 2018.
Runoko Rashidi At The Ruins Of Pompeii, Italy On His 60th Birthday
IN CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY IN 2004
With Berber women in Southern Morocco in January 2018.
AT ULURU IN THE CENTER OF AUSTRALIA IN 2005..
Before A Lecture In Oslo, Norway In 2015
Runoko Rashidi Leading A Group Tour Through The British Museum In October 2018
With A Sister From Colombia At Machu Pichu, Peru In 2013.
With A Sister El Carmen, Peru In 2014
With The Maroons Of Haiti In 2010. The Maroons Were The Enslaved Africans That Ran Away And Established Their Own Communities
Taking A Photo With The Airport Security On Buka Island, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia
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All of us, including my brother Runoko, are ultimately judged by the kind of life we live here on the earthly plane. So this begs the question, what are we doing, right here, right now to align with our life's purpose and live our best, most exalted existence…? What are we doing to discover and realize, in the words of the late, great Frances Cress Welsing, our Cosmic Assignment, our greater purpose for being?
Runoko Rashidi spent his life exploring and realizing his own Cosmic Assignment… I pray that a look back upon his remarkable life will encourage us to do the same. Ase.”
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