Judge Overrules Immigration Service, Gives Asylum to Poet from Zimbabwe

by The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chicago, Illinois, United States
September 1983
Publisher: Dennis Brutus Defense Committee
1 page
Type: Article
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Reprint of an article n The Chronicle of Higher Education on Dennis Brutus by the Dennis Brutus Defense Committee. The article says a U. S. immigration judge last week granted political asylum to Dennis Brutus, the black professor of English at Northwestern University whom the Immigration and Naturalization Service wanted to deport. Mr. Brutus is a poet and activist who has devoted much of his life to fighting apartheid in South Africa. Mr. Brutus, who is credited with inspiring the movement that has kept segregated South African athletic teams out of Olympic competition since 1964, said he was afraid that if he returned to Zimbabwe he would be assassinated by South African agents. Mr. Brutus has been supported in his efforts to remain in the U. S. by a "defense committee" whose members include several influential scholars and politicians.
Used by permission of Dennis Brutus.
Collection: Carole Collins Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections