Public Speaking

I have spent the better part of my career – over three decades — speaking to audiences large and small, from twelve folks in a church basement, to an auditorium filled with hundreds of people, to millions of people watching a TV news show. Everything I learned about public speaking I learned from Prexy Nesbitt: how to stand in front of a group and feel comfortable in my body; how to make sure my speech is both clear and memorable; and above all to remember that if I have something worth communicating, it’s worth spending some time to learn how to do it well. Even now, after years of practice, I think back to the things Prexy taught me when I am preparing to give a talk.

William Hartung, Director
Arms and Security Initiative
New America Foundation
New York


I have had the pleasure of listening to Prexy Nesbitt speak on Southern Africa and on racism in the USA for over thirty years. During the anti-colonial struggles of Angola and Mozambique and the anti-apartheid era we had him speak repeatedly at the United Methodist Office for the United Nations. He addressed high school, college and adult seminars and left our visitors deeply moved and motivated to contribute to freedom in Africa through activities in their own communities. Over the past twenty years I have frequently invited him to Chapman University as a speaker for my classes on “Race and Change in South Africa and the US,” as well to speak to student justice organizations and the Black Student Union. He is uniquely qualified to address the quest for social and economic justice in both Africa and America. Prexy combines the knowledge of the scholar with the engagement of the activist. His contributions to Africa have led the leaders in countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa to consider him their friend and comrade. His wealth of experience and compelling persona make him an engaging and powerful speaker for all audiences.

Dr. Donald Will, Chair
Department of Political Science
Chapman University