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September 11, 2019

Dear Friends and Comrades,

Photo to right: Prexy with Dr. Libertina Amathila, SWAPO liberation leader and former Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia.

First, I want to thank all of you for the support you have offered to me and to Making the Road over the years. I have moved out to Orange, California as a Presidential Fellow in Peace Studies at Chapman University. I’m getting used to life on the West Coast. I’m teaching two courses, one called “Race and Change in South Africa and the United States,” and another is a Model United Nations course.

I’m moving ahead with connecting Making the Road to Chapman University so that I can continue leading travel seminars. I will be working through Chapman’s international study programs to take students abroad as part of semester-long courses, but I will also be leading separate groups through MTR. Next summer, I am hoping to lead a small group of people to Southern Africa, and I want to continue organizing these seminars for as long as I am able.

However, Making the Road still needs support, both to continue leading travel seminars and to allow me to continue working on my uncle’s manuscript and my own memoir. If you have not been able to contribute to Making the Road this year, a tax-deductible contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Make your secure donation on-line through the South African Development Fund, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for Making the Road. Be sure to designate your donation for Making the Road. You can also send a check, made out to the South Africa Development Fund and designated for Making the Road, to SADF, 555 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02130.
                               

A friend of mine, Barbara Ransby, has very kindly organized a symposium and reception to discuss my work in Chicago. The symposium will be held at October 2 at University of Illinois- Chicago, in Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St) in the Cardinal Room. The event is being sponsored as well by the Social Justice Initiative at UIC. Attendance is open, but we ask that you RSVP beforehand through Eventbrite. The link is http://HonoringPrexy.eventbrite.com.

The program for the day is as follows:
  1:00 p.m. “Prexy’s Chicago: MLK Jr. to Harold Washington”
  3:00 p.m. “Solidarity with Southern African: A Lifelong Commitment”
  4:00 p.m. Tributes to Prexy from mentees, students and friends
  4:45 p.m. Closing remarks from Prexy Nesbitt
  5:00 p.m. Reception

I am continuing to work on the publication of my uncle George’s book, Being Black and Somebody Besides with Zeb Larson. A publisher has expressed interest in publishing the book, but it needs a further round of copy-edits and revisions before it can be sent out to reviewers. The size of the work is considerable, and we need some further support in order to continue working and make the manuscript fully ready for publication.

Both Zeb and I are also continuing to work on my own book. I’m in the process of writing a second chapter, while Zeb is collecting interviews from people who have known me. He also continues to collect documents from a variety of archives that are relevant to my own history. Work had to come to a stop over the summer while I was in the process of moving and selling my house, but we hope to resume our labors this fall. Zeb is interested in speaking with anybody who wants to discuss our shared history.

Any amount is helpful with specific tasks such as transcribing interviews and scanning documents as well as providing support for the time (now unpaid) that both I and Zeb are putting into the project.

If you are able to attend the symposium on October 2, I look forward to seeing you there!

A Luta Continua,

Prexy Nesbitt 

Members of the Making the Road 2019 delegation at a reception organized by President Hage Geingrob at the State House in Windhoek, Namibia, to meet with veterans of the SWAPO liberation struggle.

 

 
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