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Poetry and Protest : A Dennis Brutus Reader - Lee Sustar

Poetry and Protest

A Dennis Brutus Reader

By: Lee Sustar (Editor), Dennis Brutus (Contribution by)

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Published: 5th January 2006
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“We in South Africa needed the support of the international community in our efforts to end the vicious system of racial oppression called apartheid. We had to have eloquent advocates to tell the world our story and persuade it to come to our assistance. . . . We had none more articulate and with all the credibility and integrity so indispensable than Dennis Brutus to plead our cause. He was quite outstanding, and we South Africans owe an immense debt of gratitude.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Dennis Brutus stands as a tribune of the dispossessed. His willingness to speak out on all cases of injustice and side with the oppressed makes him the type of person we all wish to emulate. His perseverance, dedication, and eloquence have made him not only a hero for the South African freedom struggle, but for all those who struggle for social justice.”—Bill Fletcher, TransAfrica Forum

This vital original collection of interviews, poetry, and essays of the much-loved anti-apartheid leader is the first book of its kind to bring together the full, forceful range of his work.

Brutus, imprisoned along with Nelson Mandela, is known worldwide for his unparalleled eloquence as an opponent of the apartheid South African regime. Since its fall, he has been a voice for justice and humanity, speaking and writing extensively on issues of debt, poverty, war, racism, and neoliberalism.

Dennis Brutus is a lifelong human rights activist and poet. He was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island in South Africa and became an eloquent spokesperson for the anti-apartheid movement. He currently teaches African studies and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lee Sustar has written extensively on the global justice and labor movements for numerous publications. He is a member of the National Writers Union and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Introduction: Dennis Brutus's "ticking explosives" Aisha Karim and Lee Sustarp. 11
Early Years: Radicalization and Rebellion
Editors' Introductionp. 21
Memoir: From Protest to Prisonp. 23
Documentsp. 45
Letter from Balthazaar Johannes Vorster, minister of justice
Silent poets, strangled writers
Negritude, literature, and nationalism: A word from South Africa
In a Cape packing shed
Sports: Threat to the security of the state
Walking home to Mofolo
"You've come to Hell Island": A political prisoner under apartheid
Poemsp. 94
From Exile to International Activist
Editors' Introductionp. 127
Racism, Sports, and Resistance
Memoir: Isolating Apartheid-South Africa and International Sportsp. 129
Documentsp. 145
"Certain countries are determined to protect South Africa"
Open letter from the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Poetry, Culture and Liberation
Memoir: The Artist as Political Activistp. 153
Documentsp. 167
Somehow tenderness survives
Protest against apartheid: Alan Paton, Nadine Gordimer, Athol Fugard, Alfred Hutchinson, and Arthur Nortje
African culture and liberation
Cultural liberation and the African revolution
Literature and commitment in South Africa
Meeting of African writers
English and the dynamics of South African creative writing
Apartheid's Last Stand
Memoir: Fighting Deportation from the United Statesp. 220
Documentsp. 222
Letters
Speech before the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid
Notes on the South African liberation struggle
Steve Biko: In memoriam
Statement by Ad-Hoc Group to End Northwestern Investments in South Africa
The escalation of resistance in South Africa
Poemsp. 247
From National Liberation to Global Justice
Editors' Introductionp. 283
Memoir: Apartheid, Neoliberalism, Resistancep. 285
Documentsp. 294
South Africa: Transition to freedom?
Martin Luther King Day: Globalize the struggle for justice
Africa 2000 in the new global context: A commentary
Why I protested at the World Bank
It's time for new confrontations
Africa's progressive movements
South Africa supports global apartheid
World Conference Against Racism: South Africa between a rock and a hard place
Reflections on Durban
World Summit on Sustainable Development
Global agendas are set by the usual suspects
Africa's struggles today
Statement on the Palestinian campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel
Africa: Can Blair and Brown deliver?
Imperialism, sub-imperialism, and popular resistance in South Africa
Poemsp. 363
Document Sourcesp. 394
Poetry Sourcesp. 399
Further Readingp. 402
Glossary of Acronymsp. 405
Index of Poemsp. 406
Indexp. 410
Biographiesp. 415
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ISBN: 9781931859226
ISBN-10: 1931859221
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 5th January 2006
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1