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George Washington Williams Explored the Rich African History That Did Not Begin With Colonization

Dr. George Washington Williams, one of the first great African-American historians, through the Internet and film, has recently been brought back to our attention. Dr. Williams, a man generally credited as the first African-American...

Ivan Van Sertima and the African Presence in the Olmec World: A Photo Essay

By Runoko Rashidi The first civilization of the Americas is called the Olmec. The Olmec were an early people of Mesoamerica who settled the Mexican Gulf Coast. This ancient American culture has been labeled the...

Ramses the Great: Black Man of the Nile and Pride of Africa

By Runoko Rashidi Although it was the African Sudan--the "Ethiopia" (Land of the Blacks) of ancient times--that gave birth to the oldest civilization, it is in Kmt (Ancient Egypt), a child of Ethiopia and greatest...

Black History Month Special: Ramses The Great, The Pride of Africa, Set The Standard...

Throughout Black History Month, Atlanta Blackstar will be running stories that delve into the richness and diversity of Black lives in the U.S. and around the world, now and in the past.  Reclaiming for the...

A Complex World: History, Religion, Caste and Race in India

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) Since the first modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) were of African birth, the African presence globally can be demonstrated through the history of the...

Great Men of African Heritage in France, from the Golden Age Through the French...

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Joseph Bologne: The Chevalier de Saint-Georges of France In an essay titled The Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Edward Scobie documented the life of the African French composer, conductor, violinist, swordsman, equestrian and soldier of...

Great Black Russians: Ibrahim Petrovich Hannibal and Alexandre Sergeivich Pushkin (Part 3 of a...

DEDICATED TO LILY GOLDEN AND DIEUDONNE GNAMMANKOU BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Born in Moscow on May 26, 1799 (several different birthdates have been offered), Alexandre Sergeivich Pushkin, the patriarch of Russian literature, was descended on his mother's...

Distinguished Africans in Early Northern and Central Europe (Part 2 of a Series on...

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Adolf Badin: Distinguished African of the Swedish Court In spite of severe limitations, a number of Africans managed to distinguish themselves on the European stage even during the period of the massive enslavement...

Distinguished Africans in the European Renaissance (Part 1 of a Series on Great African...

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Alessandro de’ Medici: First Duke of Florence and First Black Head of State in the Modern Western World We have already discussed in earlier essays the Severan Dynasty of Imperial Rome, the Moors of Spain and Kenneth the Niger of...

Before Enslavement: Africa’s Ancient Diaspora

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* INTRODUCTION I have argued for many years now that the worst crime that we can commit is to teach our children that our history began with slavery. And yet, this is what many...

The World of Sakanouye No Tamuramaro: Black Shogun of Early Japan

By RUNOKO RASHIDI DEDICATED TO WAYNE B. CHANDLER "For a Samurai to be brave, he must have a bit of Black blood." -- Japanese Proverb In 1994 I was invited to Japan to lecture at two United States...

African Involvement in Slavery?

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI I want to tell you a story and give you a thesis. It is only a perspective and is clearly a work in progress. I raised the question of why so many...

The African Presence in the Roman World

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Great African men and women have played an important part in Roman history and culture from an exceptionally remote period. The distinguished writer Publius Terentius Afer (190-158 B.C.E.), for example, was the...

Africans in Asia During Age of Enslavement: Revolts and Resistance

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* One thing that we have not done here and will not do is begin our survey of the African presence in Asia with enslavement. Indeed, we think that perhaps the greatest crime...

The Black Presence in The Philippines‏

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* Although the great majority of the people of the Philippines today are Tagalog, the country is not racially monolithic. In spite of their small numbers today the original inhabitants of the Philippines...

The Black Presence in Early China

What of the African presence in early China? Have there been Black people in China? If so, what became of them? What happened to the Black people of early China? Are they still there?...

Moors, Saints, Knights and Kings: The African Presence in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI* The study of the African presence in history, whether in the African Diaspora or Africa itself, is a richly rewarding endeavor. In this study we realize that slavery alone is not African...

A Hundred Years of Marcus Garvey

For me and many others, Marcus Garvey qualifies as the greatest Black man of the past hundred years. Of course, there are many, many others. There is Kwame Nkrumah and Haile Selassie I and...

Life and Legacy of Joel Augustus Rogers: Chronicler of a Glorious African Past

By RUNOKO RASHIDI This work is dedicated to Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Critical Assessments of Joel Augustus Rogers  Although Joel Augustus Rogers was largely self-trained, some of the most distinguished scholars of the 20th century have acknowledged...

Ivan Van Sertima and Runoko Rashidi: The Early Years

BY RUNOKO RASHIDI I first met Ivan Van Sertima in either late 1980 or 1981. I went to a lecture that he gave in a classroom at UCLA. An evening or so later, I attended...
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12 Great African Women In History You Should Know

As a Black man and an African historian, I have found that one of the most inspiring aspects in the annals of humankind is the outstanding role of African women and their contributions to...

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