South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

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.

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.

Play Full Interview

AODL African Studies Center MSU Matrix NEH