The world rembers the young South African Steve Biko, who was killed because he fought for a non-racistic world: Qutes: “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 most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

South-Africa remembers Steve Biko

Thursday 6 September 2012 06:06


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.
Steven Biko

Being black is not a matter of pigmentation – being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
Steven Biko

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

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.
Steven 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.
Steven Biko

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.
Steven Biko

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.
Steven Biko

Black man, you are on your own.
Steven 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.
Steven Biko

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

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.


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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email:
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