Steve Biko: Black consciousness in South Africa

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Random House, 1978 - History - 298 pages
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Biko's testimony at the trial of his nine colleagues in the Black Consciousness movement reveals his positions on political freedom, revolution, racism, and the need for the cultural and psychological liberation of South Africa's Blacks

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This book is the ultimate guide to creating a successful revolution ever written, mainly because it was never intentionally written. It is the trial transcript (a bit murky in places to our great dismay) of the evidence given by Steve Biko to a white prosecutor in a 1970s trial of 9 black activists accused of committing treason against apartheid South Africa. Reading it one can clearly see why apartheid was defeated, as well as the actual person who caused that defeat. It was not Nelson Mandela. It was decidedly Steve Biko. He tells in his own spoken words how he created the movement and set the circumstances in motion that eventually won the day. Unfortunately, by this time Mr. Biko was dead, murdered by the South African police.
This is a book that should be taught in all political science classes, but really I am glad it is not. If it were, the powers-that-be could learn how to counter any movement based on its non-verbal instructions. It is best left hiding in the stacks of huge libraries, where it can be found by only the most diligent of readers, or by someone who has read this review. If you are part of a downtrodden group, as were the millions of black and coloured South Africans, and you want to successfully change the circumstances that keep you downtrodden, this book is for you. Particularly for you!


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Steve Biko (1946-78) is regarded as the father of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa and a key figure in bringing about the end of apartheid. He was murdered while in police detention in 1978.

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