Stephen Bantu Biko. Stephen Bantu Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Assassinated: September 12, 1977, Pretoria
Ntsiki Biko, widow of South African political detainee Steve Biko, who died while in police custody on 12 September 1977, defiantly gives the Black Power salute with their children Samora (left) aged two, and Nkosinathi aged six, in front of their home at King William's Town, South Africa, shortly after hearing of his death. 'Steve may be dead, but his struggle will continue', she said.
Stephen Bantu Biko -Because of his high profile, news of Biko's death spread quickly, opening many eyes around the world to the brutality of the apartheid regime. His funeral was attended by over 10,000 people, including numerous ambassadors and other diplomats from the United States and Western Europe. Nelson Mandela said of Biko: "They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid."
Jan 28, 1997: Afrikaner police admit to killing Stephen Biko.In South Africa, four apartheid-era police officers, appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, admit to the 1977 killing of Stephen Biko, a leader of the South African 'Black consciousness'; movement.In 1969, Biko, a medical student, founded an organization for South Africa's black students to combat the minority government's racist apartheid policies and to promote black identity. In 1972, he ...
"Stop Killing Our People" Steve Biko died in detention 12 September 1977 Although, Biko was never a member of African National Congress (ANC), ANC used his image for campaign posters in South Africa's first non-racial elections in 1994