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Dennis Brutus papers

Dennis Brutus was a South African-born poet and human rights activist who spearheaded a successful campaign to ban apartheid South Africa from international sport competitions. He founded the South African Sports Association in 1961 and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) in 1963, and was subsequently arrested and jailed, placed under house arrest and lived in the United States from 1970, emerging over the years as a prominent lecturer and author, a professor of African literature and a major spokesperson in the international movement to end apartheid in South Africa.

His collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, papers associated with specific organizations and events, a large collection of newspaper cuttings on sport and apartheid in South Africa and numerous drafts of poems, both handwritten and typed. Material dates between 1961 and 1992.

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This collection is currently being catalogued (April 2022).  Please contact Special.Collections@brunel.ac.uk for further information. 


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