Steven Biko was an anti apartheid revolutionary from South Africa. Steven Biko was a very important figure to South Africa’s anti apartheid movement. Why? For those who don’t know of him. Well ya gone learn today! (Lol)
I’m pretty sure many of you have heard of Nelson Mandela, but while Mandela was in prison Biko was the major anti-apartheid revolutionary figure. He started the Black Conscious Movement in South Africa. Biko had two main objectives to empower black consciousness; liberation for South Africans physical and liberation South Africans psychologically. Biko’s ideology compares to Franz Fanton of Algeria. Through his life, Biko wrote and said many things in attempt to empower black people, and he was famous for his slogan “black is beautiful”. Which he explains as: “man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being”
The best way I can describe Steven Biko is having the mind of Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, and Franz Fanton, but having the approach of Martin Luther King. Biko used the non- violent approach to try to end the apartheid. Ultimately in the end it was unsuccessful. Steven Biko became known as the martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. Biko was killed by Port Elizabeth Police. On August 18th 1977, Biko was arrested under the “Terrorist Act”, during the interrogation Biko endured 22 hours of torture and beatings which resulted in a coma. On September 12th, 1977 he was pronounced dead. Biko passed away at the young age of 30.
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Written by: @Dreaded_InnerG, @ObaBlacko (IG)