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About Steve Biko

Steve Biko

Life: 1946 - 1977

Country: za flag South-Africa

Profession: Activist;

Steve Bantu Biko(18 December 1946 - 12 September 1977) was a noted anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Since his death in police custody, he has been called a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. While living, his writings and activism attempted to empower blacks, and he was famous for his slogan "black is beautiful", which he described as meaning: "man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being". The ANC was very hostile to Biko and to Black Consciousness through the 70s to the mid 90s but has now included Biko in the pantheon of struggle heroes, going so far to use his image for campaign posters in South Africa's first non-racial elections, in 1994.

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Quotations

You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway.

~ Steve Biko

Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.

~ Steve Biko

Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.

~ Steve Biko

Black man, you are on your own.

~ Steve Biko

In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face.

~ Steve Biko

It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality.

~ Steve Biko
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