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Celebrating Steve Bantu Biko’s legacy with 10 of his greatest quotes

September 12, 2019 at 09:00 am | History

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

September 12, 2019 at 09:00 am | History

Steve Bantu Biko -- Photo Credit: Rex Features

Steve Bantu Biko was an African nationalist and socialist at the forefront of the anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Biko contributed significantly to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa through his leadership and vision. This was at a time when the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress, and its leaders such as Nelson Mandela, were jailed, exiled, or killed.

Biko was highly influential in the grassroots campaigns and youth uprisings which were pivotal for turning the public/international support away from the apartheid government.

He was only 30 years old when he died. He was arrested at a police roadblock when he broke a ban restricting him to speak publicly or travel.

He was severely beaten and died in a cell alone on September 12, 1977, after what has been reported to be a horrifying 25 days in police custody. More than 20,000 people from around the world attended his funeral.

To celebrate his legacy, Face2Face Africa shares with you 10 of his greatest quotes:

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