Dennis Brutus was long involved in the South African freedom movement. He was almost single-handedly responsible for the successful sports boycott of South Africa. Imprisoned, beaten and shot by the regime, he went into exile in 1966. He was a professor of African Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his political activism and academic work, Professor Brutus was a distinguished poet. He was the author of a collection of poetry, Still the Sirens. He died in December 2009.