Prexy Nesbitt interviewed by Julie Frederikse
October 12, 2004 Durban, South Africa.
I think it's one of the achievements of the [anti-apartheid] movement that, in the end, it represents one of the better moments of inter-racial work in the United States. [3:37]
Prexy Nesbitt talks about dealing with the issue of racism and differing perspectives on race within the anti-apartheid movement in the United States, which was partly the result of lessons learned from activists in southern Africa.
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Prexy Nesbitt was born in Chicago in 1944 and grew up there. He went to Antioch College in Ohio from 1962-1967, where he first did organizing on South Africa. Beginning in the late 1960s, he worked at the Mozambique Institute in Tanzania, beginning a long relationship with Mozambique and Frelimo. He later worked in Geneva at the World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism. Nesbitt was involved in many anti-apartheid and anti-racism campaigns in the United States, including the national bank campaign that linked banks’ loans to South African and their redlining of poor and black neighborhoods in the U.S.