Freedom Fighter, We shall Never Forget Your Lessons; RIP Dennis Brutus

on December 26, 2009 in Capetown South Africa;  the world lost a warrior voice. We Will Never Forget You Dr. Dennis Brutus

“Humanity must be about more than material things”

in 1984 when I was midway through my masters program at msu – I joined the Stop Apartheid – Divest McGoff group at msu. Dr. Dennis Brutus came to address the campus, by request of our group. we were honored to be able to listen to his very astute summation of why we needed to continue to pressure south africa to end apartheid.

when I graduated, I traveled to PA to participate in a seminar on Divestment in South Africa – that was presented by colleagues of Dr. Brutus. the experience has stuck with me all these years as an economist. he said things that were undeniable; even today. the pressure of our efforts to end apartheid resulted in Dr. Brutus being allowed to return home for the first time in 40 plus years.

After being shot in the back for political reasons in the 1960′s, he served time in Robben Island Prison alongside many of the founding fathers of South Africas’ ANC; Nelson Mandela, and Jacob Sisulu. He was a brilliant poet who was published world wide. his work was banned in South Africa, until his return in 1994.

I am saddened personally at the loss, because when I met him in 1984, we both identified by the fact that in South Africa we would both be colored’ but still identify ourselves as Black. it was a very uncomfortable reality for us both. he labeled it a social curse of color. his books and words will long restore our faith in mans’ ability to Be Free. Dr. Brutus was brilliant, kind and always ready to step into the fire. I will never forget him, EVER.

Amandla Awetu Freedom Fighter !

Dennis Brutus – Poet, political prisoner and a campaigner to the end

By Jurek Martin

Published: January 2 2010 02:00 | Last updated: January 2 2010 02:00

Few poets, through both words and action, can have achieved in their lifetimes the political impact of Dennis Brutus, who died in Cape Town from prostate cancer the day after Christmas at the age of 85.

Indisputably among Africa’s leading poets, he was also an activist to the very end, penning an open letter to the Copenhagen climate change conference just last month in which Brutus warned against “brokering a deal that allows the corporations and the oil giants to continue to abuse the earth”.

His anti-apartheid initiatives, including a leading role in getting South Africa banned from the Olympic Games, landed him on Robben Island for 18 months, in the cell next to Nelson Mandela, with whom he broke rocks in the prison yard. Yet he became a sharp critic of what he saw as the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by Mandela and his successors as president.

(this is a very long and interesting piece on Dr. Brutus’ life please click through)

May Peace Be yours finally Dr. Brutus, You were a True Freedom Fighter, Until the End

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