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Cry Freedom: Stephen Biko's vision and legacy

European History- Honors 2013

Molly Jacobs

on 1 April 2013

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Transcript of Cry Freedom: Stephen Biko's vision and legacy

Biko's Vision Biko's Legacy What He Did Biko began a Black Consciousness Movement that influenced the end of apartheid significantly. Biko's Vision

Biko's reputation was known worldwide; as a result, news spread everywhere, opening eyes of people across the world to the horrible way black people are treated because of the apartheid. Cry Freedom Steve Biko wanted to see the apartheid come to an end and make South Africa free of discrimination between races. Biko presents a non-racial society in this interview. Because of Biko's BCM, and his influence over the world, after his death, many social movements and activists still stressed the importance of abolishing the apartheid.

His belief in equality and "black is beautiful" inspired thousands to carry out his dream to end the apartheid.

In 1994, Apartheid legally ended. Unfortunately, discrimination against races still occurs all over the world. My hope is that some day, every one will be treated as equals and everyone will accept people for who they are, not on their skin color, because after all, we are all human, right? Molly Jacobs Biko's Death Stephen Bantu Biko's Vision
and Legacy Steve Biko led many protests against the government for racial equality. December 18, 1946 - September 12, 1977 Biko believed that education was very important for black and white people. This would have eliminated racial privileges between blacks and whites, and jobs would be given to those that were most qualified, not those who had the right color skin for the job. These pictures show the racial inequality that was present in South Africa. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. Definition of Apartheid Racial Inequalities and discrimination Biko wished to solve the issues of inequality in South Africa. He wanted to show people that while many of the blacks that lived in Southern Africa suffered, the minority of whites were living very comfortably, a result of unfair wealth distribution. The Black Consciousness Movement set a goal to empower and mobilize the black population. It quickly influenced the media, which spread his message worldwide. "Black is beautiful" was Biko's motto to give black people pride and dignity for who the were, and not be ashamed of their skin color. At his funeral, over 10,000 people came, black and white. They came not just to pay respect, but because they had respect for him, and his incredible influence and the impact he made around the world. The Problem He was later interrogated for 22 hours, beaten and tortured the entire time. He ended up in a coma, with severe injuries to the brain. His worst injuries being to the head, he wasn't taken the the hospital until he was too weak and wounded to survive. He died on September 12, 1977. Stephen Biko was arrested on August 18Th, 1977, and his final contribution to the end of apartheid movement was done. Officials claimed that he died of a hunger strike, but upon further inspection with an autopsy, it was discovered that he died of a brain hemorrhage from the severe blows to the head. Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.
Read more at ~Steve Biko In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face. ~Steve Biko
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