Dennis Brutus Defense Committee

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Duration: 1981?-1983?
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States


The Dennis Brutus Defense Committee (DBDC) was formed about 1981. It mainly seems to have operated from Chicago but some documents were issued in Evanston, Illinois. The Dennis Brutus Defense Coordinating Committee that existed in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts was most likely a part of the DBDC. In February 1981 Dennis Brutus, an exile from South Africa and a full professor at Northwestern University, was ordered to leave the United States by March 5, 1981. Brutus was a founder and President of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-RAC). SAN-ROC was formed in the South Africa but when Brutus went into exile the organization went into exile. The DBDC helped organization the successful defense of Brutus, who won his legal case against deportation.

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Title: Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection, 1977-2000
Time Span: 1977 - 2000
Media: 10.0 Cubic Feet. Administrative Records, Artifacts, Brochures, Buttons (information artifacts), Correspondence, Journals (periodicals), Magazines (periodicals), Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Personal Papers, Photographs, Political Posters, Reports, T-Shirts, Video Tapes, posters
Description: Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government-sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. Chicago was active in anti-apartheid efforts, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa primarily through the efforts of local social justice, religious, and activist groups. Chicago organizations worked for the passing sanctions against working with companies that supported the apartheid government in South Africa, divesting their holdings from South Africa and South African banks, and encouraging other local governments and large cities to do the same. In 1990, Chicago was proclaimed a Sister Community to Alexandra Township, the largest township of Johannesburg. Series include: 1. Secondary Sources, 1981-1996, 2. Local Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1977-1995, 3. National Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1990-1995, 4. South African Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1989-1994, 5. International Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1982-1995, 6. Events, 1981-1995, 7. Conferences, 1983-1993, 8: Reports, 1978-1994, 9. Writings and Notes, 1985-2000, 10. Photographs, 1981-1994, 11. Artifacts, 1980's-1990's, 12. Publications, 1978-2000. Illinois organizations in the collection include: Chicago Alexandra Sister Community Project, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Coalition for Illinois Divestment from South Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, Mozambique Solidarity Office, Mozambique Support Network, Southern Africa Network of the ECLA, Synapses, and TransAfrica. The collection also includes material of national organizations.
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