Interview with Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo

by Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo (Interviewee), David Goodman (Interviewer)
with Gail Hovey
New York, New York, United States
January 31, 2005
20 pages
Type: Interview Transcript
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Interview with Dumisani S. Kumalo who was Projects Director at the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) and its associated The Africa Fund. Kumalo was born and grew up in South Africa. He worked as a political reporter and was a founder of the Union of Black Journalists. He went into exile and moved to the United States in 1978. Kumalo discusses the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S., including campaigns for sanctions and for divestment from companies doing business in South Africa. He discusses state legislators including Nevada State Senator Joe Neal, State Representative Joseph Mitchell, State Representative Perry Bullard, State Senator Virgil Smith, State Representative Mel King, State Representative Jack Backman, and Assemblywoman Maxine Waters. Kumalo discusses the Lutheran Coalition on Southern Africa, including Joe Barndt and Kim Zalent, and Lutheran support for SWAPO. He discusses the Campaign to Stop Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) and Mike Terry and End Loans to South Africa. Kumalo talks about the Free South Africa Movement, Randall Robinson and TransAfrica, Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker of Canaan Baptist Church, Bill Lucy of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Tim Smith and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and the Washington Office on Africa. He also discusses ACOA staff Josh Nessen, Richard Knight, Jennifer Davis, George Houser, and Paul Irish and The Africa Fund’s Unlock Apartheid's Jails campaign, as well as the Coca-Cola boycott and Thandi Gcabashe. Kumalo discusses working for Total Oil in South Africa in the 1970s. Kumalo discusses Stephen Biko and SASO.
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.