#SAHeritage: The living legacy of Biko celebrated

2017-09-12 06:58 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As South Africa celebrates Heritage and Tourism Month, which takes place in September, this month also marks the 40th anniversary of Apartheid activist, Steve Biko's tragic death.

On the 12 of September, we celebrate the sacrifices Biko made so we can all enjoy the rights-based constitution we have today in South Africa.

As Biko would have been 70 years old this year, his place in South African history is firmly cemented and the struggle that he gave his life for continues in many ways.

Biko left a legacy of thoughts and words, and these words pay tribute to the courage and power of the young leader who was to become one of Africa’s heroes.

Biko’s words fall under a wide range of topics including racism, black-white relations, remedies for apartheid, colonialism, black rage and township life. All are topics that reflect the ever-present divide that exists between South Africans of all races today.

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In honor of the fallen activist, Picador Africa, in partnership with the Steve Biko Foundation, is again releasing two significant books - 'No Fears Expressed' and 'The Testimony of Steve Biko'.

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No Fears Expressed

First published in 1987, 'No Fears Expressed' is a compilation of quotes from Steve Biko, drawn from his written and spoken words and covering a wide range of topics reflecting the philosophy of Black Consciousness as well as the ever-present challenges that confront South Africans.

Sourced from the iconic 'I Write What I Like', the book also includes the collection of Biko’s columns published in the journal of the South Africa Student Organisation under the pseudonym of ‘Frank Talk’.

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The Testimony of Steve Biko

This book covers the testimony given by Steve Biko during the trial of nine black activists who, in 1976, were called to the dock for daring to aspire to a more just and humane society.

Biko was called as a witness in their defence and the testimony that he provided provides vivid insight into his humanity, eloquence and intellectual brilliance. 

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