Interview with Prexy Nesbitt

by Prexy Nesbitt (Interviewee), William Minter (Interviewer)
with Gail Hovey
Chicago, Illinois, United States
October 31, 1998
21 pages
Prexy Nesbitt was born in Chicago and is deeply rooted there. Nesbitt is an activist and educator who has worked over the past four decades to connect freedom-loving peoples in Africa and North America to each other in order to strengthen progressive political and social movements on both continents. The interview discusses the African National Congress (ANC), the World Council of Churches (WCC) Programme to Combat Racism, apartheid, colonialism, Harold Washington, Alfred Nzo, Robert Van Lierop, Harold Rogers, Otis Cunningham, the Chicago-based newsletter African Agenda, Jenny Dahlstein, Karin Candelaria, Heeten Kalan, Baobab Notes, Eduardo Mondlane, Amilcar Cabral, Frelimo, the Mozambique Institute, Church World Service, Shafrudin Khan, Polly Gaster, the Committee for Freedom of Mozambique, Angola, and Guinea-Bissau, the Amti-Apartheid Movement, the Francis Parker School, Cry the Beloved Country, Ed Hawley, Dar es Salaam, Antioch College, Rhodesia, Barbara Masekela, Gretchen Hawley, the Harvard Tanganyika group, Mary Yarwood, African American Institute, refugees, Malcolm X, Job Chambal, Kurasini, Terry Ranger, John Iliffe,  John Lonsdale, Irene Brown, David Kimble, UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence), Julius Nyerere, George Shepperson, George Houser, Martie Houser, the Third World, Columbia University, Marcia Wright, Thomas Karis, ESUNA (Ethiopian Students Union of North America), Zapu, Davis Mugabe, Roger Hilsman, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), Jorge Rebelo, the Young Workers Liberation League, Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), Lucius Walker, the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, Bob Browne, Harlem, LSM (Liberation Support Movement), Ruth First, Eileen Hanson, Mimi Edmunds, the Committee of Returned Volunteers, the CP (Community Party), CCLAMG (Chicago Committee for the Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau), MPLA, Michael Simmons, Jim Bristol, AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), the Angola Support Conference, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), ZANU, FNLA, UNITA, PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), Charlie Hightower, Betsy Schmidt, Bob Lawrence, Kevin Danaher, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Andy Young, Mai Palmberg, José Chipenda, Joe Gqabi, Allen Boesak, the United Democratic Front (UDF), Anne Hope, Sally Timmel, the Transkei, the Special Branch, the Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa, and Dennis Brutus.
This interview was conducted as research for the book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. With assistance of Aluka (, the interview was transcribed and prepared for presentation on the web. The transcript was reviewed by the interviewee, and an introduction was prepared by one of the editors of No Easy Victories. The transcript also is available on the No Easy Victories website.
Used by permission of William Minter, Editor, No Easy Victories.