Poet, Anti-Apartheid Activist Dennis Brutus Dies
LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:
A hero of South Africa's fight against apartheid has died. Dennis Brutus was 85. He was a protestor and also a poet in the days when a white minority ruled.
Mr. DENNIS BRUTUS (Poet): What the world whispers, apartheid declares with snarling guns. The blood the rich lust after, South Africa exposed in the dust.
WERTHEIMER: That is Dennis Brutus reading one of his poems on our member station WGBH.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Now, in the 1960s, Brutus objected to South Africa's all-white sports establishment and was thrown into prison alongside Nelson Mandela. Before his death of prostate cancer, Brutus had the satisfaction of outliving the injustice he decried.
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