Interview with Prexy Nesbitt

by Prexy Nesbitt (interviewee), Julie Frederikse (interviewer)
Durban, South Africa
October 12, 2004
Duration: 38:33
Prexy Nesbitt is a long-time African activist in Chicago with extensive contacts across the U.S. He was a founder of the Coalition for Illinois Divestment from South Africa and the Chicago Committee for the Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau (CCLAMG). He co-founded with Robert Van Lierop the Africa Information Service in New York. At various times he worked at and served on the board of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) and its associate The Africa Fund. He was the first national chair of the Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) and helped organize anti-apartheid campaigns in key U.S. cities, including San Francisco, New York, Detroit, Nashville, Houston, and Seattle during the 1970s-80s. He was a founder of the Mozambique Support Network and ran the Mozambique Solidarity Office on behalf of Mozambique government. His work on behalf of Mozambique began in 1968-1969, when he worked in Tanzania for Frelimo's secondary school, the Mozambique Institute. He also worked as a program officer for MacArthur Foundation and as program director of the Program to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches (WCC). This interview was conducted during the conference A Decade of Freedom: Celebrating the Role of the International Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa's Freedom Struggle held in Durban, South Africa, October 10-13, 2004.

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