Dennis Brutus was a world-renowned human rights activist who had a major role in the struggle against apartheid in his native South Africa and later in various struggles for life and justice around the globe. He passed away on Dec. 26, 2009 in Cape Town.
Brutus was instrumental in organizing the 1999 protests of the WTO in Seattle, was a major figure in the World Social Forum seeking an alternative global political and economic order, and was a leader of the emerging global reparations movement for apartheid, slavery, mass rape, genocide, corporate abuse, and environmental damage.
He was the co-chair of the committee that organized the 2005 Global Reparations Symposium at Worcester State College, which featured discussions of reparations for South African apartheid, U.S. slavery and Jim Crow, the comfort women system by Japan, the Native American Genocides and dispossessions, and the Armenian Genocide.
He became a supporter of the Armenian right to reparations and invited panelists to submit their symposium papers for a forthcoming issue of the Armenian Review on reparations.