Dennis Brutus: A Biographical Note

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about March 1967
3 pages
Type: Biography
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Canada
Language: English
Document issued for a tour by writer and poet Dennis Brutus of the United States and Canada arranged by the American Committee on Africa. The document says all net profits of the tour will be used for assistance of families of South Africa's 5,000 political prisoners. The document says Brutus worked with several black sporting organizations in the South African Sporting Association, which fought for equality in sport and international action against the racism of the white bodies. Brutus served as President of SANROC (South African Non-racial Olympic Committee). The document says Brutus was banned and then arrested in May 1963 for a meeting called by the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee who was visiting South Africa. Brutus attempted to go to German and was arrested in Mozambique and handed over to the South African Security Police. He was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, most of which was served on Robben Island. After his release, he was forced to leave South Africa on a one-way "exit permit." • Background and education • Family • Writing Career • Sportsman against Apartheid • As a Political Fighter • Prison • Exit Permit • This Tour
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections