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Stephen Bantu Biko. Stephen Bantu Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Assassinated: September 12, 1977, Pretoria

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How Stephen Bantu Biko Became an Anti-Apartheid Martyr

Ntsiki Biko, widow of South African political detainee Steve Biko, who died while in police custody on 12 September 1977, defiantly gives the Black Power salute with their children Samora (left) aged two, and Nkosinathi aged six, in front of their home at King William's Town, South Africa, shortly after hearing of his death. 'Steve may be dead, but his struggle will continue', she said.

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Stephen Bantu Biko -Because of his high profile, news of Biko's death spread quickly, opening many eyes around the world to the brutality of the apartheid regime. His funeral was attended by over 10,000 people, including numerous ambassadors and other diplomats from the United States and Western Europe. Nelson Mandela said of Biko: "They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid."

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Steve Biko of the Black Consciousness Movement, 1946-1977 Steve Biko Killed by the Apartheid Regime on September 12, 1977 by panafnewswire, via Flickr

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“It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die” ― Steve Biko

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Under South Africa's apartheid regime, black activist Steve Biko has been working for years to undermine the system when he meets white journalist Donald Woods. Initially suspicious of Biko and his motives, Woods finds himself united with Biko in common cause after Biko reveals to him the true extent of police atrocities in the black townships.

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