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Brutus, Dennis


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Dennis Vincent Brutus (1924–2009), South African activist scholar, and considered by many to be one of the world's finest poets, dedicated his life and career to fighting oppression not only in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa but also in the world at large. Although he concentrated his activist practices in the field of sports, his poetic output was equally instrumental in working toward his aims. Brutus's activism bloomed after he received a BA degree from Fort Hare University and started a teaching career. While teaching, he joined the “politically motivated” Teachers’ League of South Africa ( Legum and Legum 1968 , 155) in which he remained active in the 1940s and 1950s. Moved by the issuance of further apartheid Acts, particularly the Native Laws Amendment Acts, which prohibited Africans from visiting white churches, schools, and hospitals ( McLuckie and Colbe 1995 , 5), Brutus joined Anti-CAD, an organization that was keen on thwarting the racially discriminatory mechanisms of the Coloured Affairs Department. It was in the field of sports, however, that Brutus intensified his struggle, establishing several committees to formally fight against apartheid's separatist practices. Of particular importance was the 1956 South African Sports Association (SASA), primarily aimed at drawing international attention to South Africa's infringement of the Olympic Charter, which ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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