South-Africa remembers Steve Biko
Thursday 6 September 2012 06:06
Struggle hero Steve Biko. (SABC)
September marks Biko month, remembering his life and sacrifice to his country. South Africans are being urged to remember the struggle hero Steve Biko.
Steve Biko was the leader of the black consciousness movement and an author. He was detained and tortured by the apartheid police in 1977 and later died at age 30, after suffering brain damage.
The foundation, keeping his legacy alive says, young people can learn a lot from Biko. Director of the Biko Foundation, Obenewa Amponsah, says: “His writing were in his early years, this says to young people they can do something to change their own destiny and that of the country.”
To commemorate his life, special events will be held country wide. The Biko annual lecture will be delivered by renowned African poet and novelist Professor Ben Okri.
“His work turns to focus on culture, identity, heritage and how they relate to the development agenda so he is in the tradition of Biko,” says Amponsah on Okri.
A Biko multi-purpose center will be officially opened this month in King William’s Town.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Being black is not a matter of pigmentation – being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can’t care anyway.
Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.
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.
So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior.
The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.
Black man, you are on your own.
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.
In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.
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Steve Biko ( 1946-1977 ) est un militant noir d’Afrique du Sud. C’est l’une des grandes figures de la lutte anti-apartheid. Arrêté en août 1977, il est torturé puis transféré à Pretoria. Sa mort en prison souleva l’indignation internationale qui aboutit à la condamnation, à l’ONU, du régime sud-africain. Son meurtre est resté impuni.