[OPE] (Fwd) Dennis Brutus as "Marx in Soweto" in NYC @ Brecht Forum Tuesday night

From: Patrick Bond <pbond@mail.ngo.za>
Date: Sat Sep 20 2008 - 01:15:09 EDT


Tuesday, September 23
7:30 pm


Dennis Brutus is Marx in Soweto

In the tradition of Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho, Dennis Brutus presents
Marx in the light of the contradictions in post-Apartheid South Africa.
This performance will act as a corrective to South Africa's Prime
Minister's Thabo Mbeki's talk at the United Nations General Assembly.

Dennis Brutus was an activist against the apartheid government of South
Africa in the 1960s. He worked to get South Africa suspended from the
Olympics; this eventually led to the country's expulsion from the games
in 1970. He joined the Anti-Coloured Affairs Department organisation
(Anti-CAD), a group that organized against the Coloured Affairs
Department which was an attempt by the government to institutionalise
divisions between blacks and coloureds. He was arrested in 1963 and
jailed for 18 months on Robben Island.

In exile, he was professor of Africana studies at Northwestern and
Pittsburgh, and an internationally-renowned speaker on social justice
issues. He is also probably the most read and cited poet from Africa,
and author of Poetry and Protest (Haymarket Books, 2006) and many other
works of poetry. In 2005 he joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Centre for Civil Society as an honorary professor.

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