They killed Biko because he had an idea: that blacks must be proud

“Had Biko been alive today…,” is a refrain often repeated in South Africa, especially when the country finds itself struggling to meet its own ideals. Bantu Steve Biko died at the hands of apartheid police on Sept. 12, 1977. Handcuffed, beaten, and naked for twenty days before his death of a massive brain hemorrhage Biko was only 31 year old when he died. Now, a new generation is increasingly turning to this martyr as a guide through the new South Africa, perhaps much more than they do Nelson Mandela “Why,…

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