Steve Biko Biography
Birthday: December 18, 1946 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Tarkastad, South Africa
Bantu Stephen Biko was a South African philosopher and anti-apartheid activist known as the forefront leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, which spread like wildfire in 60s and 70s in many parts of Africa. His ideas regarding the state of black people in the times of colonialism and his general viewpoint of life are collected in a series of articles, where he used the name ‘Frank Talk’. He is known among one of the strongest historical African figures who inspired students of the county to be a part of the anti-racism movements and to fight for their rights. While studying in Lovedale School, he felt the waves of racism affecting black, coloured and Indian students, which encouraged him to start South African Students Organization. He became a victim of the anti-apartheid laws prevailing in the country as he was banned from public speeches in 1973, but Biko continued his struggle. He was finally arrested in 1976, after the South African government went all out on the Black Consciousness protestors. He was beaten to death in September 12, 1977. His funeral was a mega affair and delegates from Europe and USA attended it.