Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Black Consciousness Movement hero’s death. Many have remembered Bantu Stephen Biko also known as Steve Biko as a great and inspirational political giant and some remember him by his tragic death.
Biko’s quotes, photos and story have been shared all over social media platforms to share the vision Biko had for not only South Africa but the world.
Biko’s fight against racism, inequality amongst other issues is appreciated by most South Africans. Biko died before his mission could be accomplished on 12 September 1977 when he was 32 years old.
He died in police custody at the Pretoria Central Police Prison, now formerly known as Kgosi Mampuru Prison.
To commemorate Biko’s life, a webinar was organized by The 70s Group non-profit organization. The webinar called “Biko’s lessons for us” will take place on the organization’s Facebook page at 16:30.
The webinar will feature talks from Prof. Barney Pityana, Thenjiwe Mtintso, Dr. MamphelaRamphela and Prof. Saths Cooper.
The talks will include issues about racism, violence, corruption, sexism and more issues that are faced by South Africa. Another commemoration of Steve Biko will be the 20thAnnual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture.
US civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton Jr will deliver the lecture at the University of South Africa. Unlike other years, the lecture will be delivered virtually at 17:30 and will be telecasted on news channels.
By Bongekile Khumalo