No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000

Edited by William Minter,
Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr.
Book published by Africa World Press.


This website was set up in 2007. It originally consisted only of a digital version of the book published by Africa World Press. In subsequent years I have added other content related to this history or otherwise not appropriate for my primary website ( I am responsible for all additional content. -- William Minter. For any queries related to the website, email me at


No Easy Victories

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Additional Sources

2022: Newly Available

Reports from the Africa Policy Information Center and Africa Action, 1997-2001

Making Connections for Africa: Report from a Constituency Builders' Dialogue, 1997, by Imani Countess et al.

Weaving the Ties That Bind: Report from an Assessment Project, 2001, by Imani Countess

International Policies, African Realities: Report from an Electronic Roundtable, 2001, Economic Commission on Africa and Africa Action

Other Resources

Other books by No Easy Victories authors

King Solomon's Mines Revisited

SmartSearch: Southern Africa Liberation History

U.S. Congressional documents on U.S. & Southern Africa, 1963-1988

Southern Africa Report (Canada), 1985-1995
At Issue Ezine (Canada), 2006-2015
At Issue Focus (Canada), 2003-2006

Southern African Solidarity in Chicago
Zeb Larson, April 22, 2021

The American Friends Service Committee and Africa: Vision and Action over Five Decades
by William Minter
Prepared for publication by the AFSC in 2008, but never released. As of May 2021, now available for public distribution by agreement with AFSC archives.

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Summary Table of Contents
Front matter, including activist voices
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
Chapter 1: An Unfinished Journey | William Minter
Chapter 2: The 1950s | Lisa Brock
Chapter 3: The 1960s | Mimi Edmunds
Chapter 4: The 1970s | Joseph F. Jordan
Chapter 5: The 1980s | David Goodman
Chapter 6: The 1990s | Walter Turner
Back matter, including afterword, activist voices

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"We were part of a worldwide movement that continues today to redress the economic and social injustices that kill body, mind, and spirit. No Easy Victories makes clear that our lives and fortunes around the globe are indeed linked." - Nelson Mandela

Hundreds of thousands of Americans mobilized to oppose apartheid in the 1980s. That successful movement built on decades of behind-the-scenes links between African liberation movements and American activists, both black and white. No Easy Victories draws on the voices of activists of several generations to explore this largely untold history. Today Africa and the world face global injustices as deadly as apartheid. Understanding this history of solidarity is essential for finding new paths to a future of equal human rights for all.

No Easy Victories: USA after the Trump Election

New essay series and database on U.S. elections

July 18, 2018 - 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election
July 18, 2018 - The Electoral College: How the System is Rigged and How to Change It
July 30, 2018 - Why Voter Suppression Matters More Than You Think
August 15, 2018 - Russia in the Trump Election: Putting Collusion in Context

For an introduction to the full database and 21 intersecting explanations, see Trump Election Win: Intersecting Explanations.

Update July 11,2020
For a YouTube video of a powerful memorial service for Jennifer Davis, who died in October 2019,
go to
For more background see this excerpt from No Easy Victories.

Special Series in AfricaFocus Bulletin 2020
Beyond Eurocentrism and U.S. Exceptionalism:
Starting Points for a Paradigm Shift from Foreign Policy to Global Policy

by William Minter and Imani Countess

US-Africa Bridge Building Project
Confronting Global Apartheid Demands Global Solidarity
April 19, 2021, by Imani Countess and William Minter

Publication Details

William Minter, Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr, eds. No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2007. 8.5" x 11" large format. 120 photographs. References. Index. xvii+247 pages. $29.95 list price. ISBN: 1592215750.

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William Minter taught at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front in 1966-68 and 1974-76. An independent scholar and activist, he is the author of Apartheidís Contras and other books.

Gail Hovey was among the founders of Southern Africa magazine in 1964 and worked in South Africa in 1966-67. She served as research director for the American Committee on Africa/The Africa Fund, as managing editor of Christianity and Crisis, and as executive director of Grassroots International.

Charles Cobb Jr., senior correspondent for, was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi in 1962-67. His books include Radical Equations (with Robert Moses) and On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour to the Civil Rights Trail.

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