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us: Brutus, Dennis, 1924-2009



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    • us: Brutus, Denis, 1924-2009
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    • found: His Letters to Martha, and other poems from a South African prison, 1968.
    • found: WW among Black Americans, 1990/91 (Brutus, Dennis Vincent (John Bruin); univ. educator; b. 11/28/1924, Harare, Zimbabwe)
    • found: New York times WWW site, Dec. 28, 2009 (in obituary published Dec. 27: Dennis Brutus; b. 1924, Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe]; d. Saturday [Dec. 26, 2009], Cape Town, aged 85; South African poet and former political prisoner who fought apartheid in words and deeds and remained an activist well after the fall of his country's racist system; published Thoughts abroad in 1970 under the pseudonym John Bruin)
    • found: Savremena južnoafrička poezija, 1979: t.p. (Denis Brutus)
    • found: African American Studies Center, accessed December 27, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Brutus, Dennis Vincent; John Bruin; poet, educator, political activist; born 28 November 1924 in Harare, Zimbabwe; attended South African Native College (later University of Fort Hare) (1944-1946); co-founded South African Sports Association, East (1963) and South African Council on Sport (1973); apartheid police placed him under house arrest for political activism (1960-1966); attempted to leave the country but was arrested by the Mozambican police and he was sentenced to prison on Robben Island; spent time with Nelson Mandela in the limestone quarry; left South Africa on an exit visa (1966); worked for Defence and Aid Fund, London; lectured at Northwestern University and Dartmouth University (1970); created a coalition that forced the IOC to expel South Africa from the Olympic games (1970); died 26 December 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa))
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    • PR9390.9.B7
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    • 1979-08-07: new
    • 2015-04-01: revised
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