"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
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."
Biko ... Adrian Grant-Smith's digital portrait of Steve Biko (18 Dec 1946 - 12 Sep 1977) the South African anti-apartheid activist, who founded the Black Consciousness Movement. Prints available at workart.co.za
"Being black is not a matter of pigmentation, it is a reflection of a mental attitude" - Steve Biko
Under South Africa's apartheid regime, black activist Steve Biko has been working for years to undermine the system when he meets white journalist Donald Woods. Initially suspicious of Biko and his motives, Woods finds himself united with Biko in common cause after Biko reveals to him the true extent of police atrocities in the black townships.
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.
Steve Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 - 12 September 1977), an anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, was severely clubbed into a coma by four South African state security policemen after he was taken into custody and shackled in Police Room 619, Port Elizabeth. He died some days later from his head injuries.