Dr. Rkhty spent many years as a community activist in Chicago. She attended Chicago City Colleges, The University of Illinois as an undergraduate, Spertus College of Jewish Studies, and then received a full Four-year Fellowship to the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute (This is the leading School of Egyptology in the United States) to study in the PhD program in Egyptology.
While in Chicago, she began working with Dr. Jacob Carruthers and others at North Eastern College. A group of them founded the Kemetic Institute, and later founded the Kemetic Temple of Chicago. Rkhty was initiated as a Priestess-Hmt Ntr of the temple. Among the many things that she did at the Kemetic Institute was teaching Mdu Ntr (Egyptian Hieroglyphs), and directing and teaching in the Institutes Adult and Children’s programs.
Dr. Rkhty also taught Egyptian Hieroglyphs at North Eastern College in Chicago for two years. She has been an Instructor of Mdu Ntr now for 25, years teaching privately and hosting workshops on the language and other related topics.
In 1983, Dr. Rkhty spent four months in Senegal West Africa working and visiting with the renowned African historian Dr. Chiek Anta Diop. Later she translated two of his books from French to English. Rkhty was a founding member of The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) in 1983.
In 1985, she moved to New York to teach Hieroglyphs at City College of New York. While in New York Rkhty established ASCAC study groups and was a regular speaker at First World, a community lecture forum in Harlem. She became a popular much-demanded lecturer, being one of a few African American experts on Mdu Ntr language and at that time the only woman lecturing on the subject of Kemet. She has lectured and continues to lecture on a variety of topics relating to ancient Africa and Kemet at Universities and Colleges all over the US and overseas.
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