On September 12, 1977 South African activist Stephen Biko died of injuries from beatings by the police after he had been arrested two weeks earlier. Biko, 30, was leader of the Black Consciousness Movement and had been "banned" (not allowed to speak in public) in 1973 but was still instrumental in planning the Soweto Uprising of 1976 which led to closer police scrutiny. The movie Cry Freedom depicts his life and is based on books by his friend, journalist Donald Woods. #TodayInBlackHistory
Cry Freedom, 1987: I was very excited to see the film, as it dealt with South Africa, which is a place I don't know much about. I have taken note of the emerging art scene from Johannesburg and Cape Town, so it impressive to see how much South Africa's infrastructure has improved since the film was made. I also loved learning about Biko and Woods, who are both brave, flawed men.