Steve Biko in five quotes

Steve Biko with Mamphela Ramphele. (Gallo)

Steve Biko with Mamphela Ramphele. (Gallo)

Steve Bantu Biko was born on December 12 1946. He was an anti-apartheid activist during the 1960s and 1970s and founder of the Black Conscious Movement that empowered and mobilised the South Africa's black population to fight against minority rule. 

Since his death in police custody on September 12 1977, people called Biko a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. His writings, activism and ideologies continue to influence South African politics and academics today.

In this rare television interview which was broadcast on German television, Biko talks about the ideologies of the Black Consciousness Movement:

His influence also resonates in music, art, television, film and poetry of which the most popular being the 1987 biographical drama Cry Freedom, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.
A supply ship within the Star Trek canon called the USS Biko, which is referenced in the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, was also named after him, such is the reach of Biko's influence.

We take a look at five of Biko's most timeless and prominent quotes:

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee became Africa’s first social media editor in a newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, where she went on to work as deputy digital editor and a disruptor of the peace through a weekly column. A stint as the program manager for Impact Africa – a grant-disbursing fund for African digital journalists – followed. She now pursues her own writing full time by enraging readers of EWN and Women 24 with weekly and bi-monthly columns respectively. She also contributes to the Sunday Times and a range of other publications. Mohamed Dawjee's inaugural book of essays: Sorry, not sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa, is due for release by Penguin Random House in April 2018.Follow her on Twitter: @sage_of_absurd Read more from Haji Mohamed Dawjee

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