Interview with Sylvia Hill

by Sylvia Hill (Interviewee), William Minter (Interviewer)
Washington, DC, United States
September 23, 2003
33 pages
Sylvia Hill is a long-time activist on Southern Africa. Hill discusses having helped to organize the Six Pan African Conference (Six-PAC) in Dar es Salaam in 1974. She also discusses organizing on Southern Africa in the United States, including the African Liberation Support Committee (ALSC), the National Black Coalition On Southern Africa, Southern Africa Support Project (SASP), TransAfrica, and the Washington Office on Africa (WOA). Hill discusses the Reagan administration’s policy on South Africa and sanctions as well as policy toward Angola and MPLA and UNITA. Hill discusses several African leaders, including Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel and President Nyerere. [This is the first of two interviews with William Minter.]
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