In memory of Steve Bantu Biko: 18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the tragic death of Steve Biko who died in police custody on 12 September 1977, the 46th person to die in police detention.  Steve Biko was an incredible leader who’s life was decisively cut short by the apartheid regime. In honour of Steve Biko’s contribution to South Africa, History Matters has put together a small collection of interesting articles, sites and events that have been inspired by Biko. This is by no means a complete list, so please contribute to this collection.

SAHO’s feature on Stephen Bantu Biko, including links to online books about Steve Biko.

The Sowetan has put together a multimedia slide show on Steve Biko.

Click here to read the 9th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture delivered by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

Edward Tsumele questions where Biko would fit in today, click here to read the article.

Ido Lekota questions the current political system in South Africa and suggests that Black Consciousness could be the solution.

BIKO: WHERE THE SOUL RESIDES is currently showing at the State Theatre in Pretoria and the play reveals many other aspects of Steve Biko’s life outside of his political activities.

The Pan African Space Station is throwing a 24 hour party in honour of Steve Biko from 1 pm on Friday 12 September (Biko Day) to 1pm on Saturday 13 September. DJs, musicians, soundists, poets, generally noise people will present music and sound inspired by Steve Biko’s work at the Pan African Market (76 Long Street, Cape Town.

Read an extract from Biko Lives! Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko on History Matters.

Visit the Steve Biko Foundation for information on Steve Biko and read Franktalk, a newsletter named after the pseudonym that Steve Biko used to publish his articles.

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