Remembering Steve Biko Through Five significant Quotes

Steve Biko (Dec 18, 1946-Sep 12, 1977)

Steve Biko (Dec 18, 1946-Sep 12, 1977)

Steve Biko 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 him a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. Biko’s 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:

Steve Biko in a rare interviews on German television

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.

Sep 12, 2013 ~ 36 years since the death of Steve Biko

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 courtesy: