Steve Biko was also one of the founders of Black People's Convention (BPC) in 1972. The BPC worked on projects that lifted the spirits and lives of the Black people. The BPC also successfully brought together close to 70 Black Consciousness groups as one. When Steve Biko was elected as the first leader of the BPC he was expelled from medical school. After being expelled he began working full time fighting for the Black Community.
Malcolm also believed that African Americans must create their own society and ethical values, community-based businesses such as the Alcoholics Anonymous. These were some of that acts that the black Muslims supported. He also thought that African Americans should reject integration or cooperation with Caucasians until they could achieve internal cooperation and unity. Black Consciousness became important to Malcolm X once he got into prison. Black Consciousness in the eyes of Malcolm X was quite similar to Steve Biko’s points in Black Consciousness.
Steve Bantu Biko born on the 18th of December 1946 rose up from the urban pits of black South Africa to become one of the most foremost figures in South Africa’s struggle for liberation from the Apartheid regime. Murdered by the police when he was only 30 he had already established himself as a leader through his work as a political activist and his writings on Black Consciousness. I feel somewhat ashamed having only discovered the revolutionary work and writing of Steve Biko about a year ago, the man was nothing short of breathtaking genius. His ideologies and philosophy brought about an awakening to the millions of restless and oppressed minds of blacks all around South Africa. Now you might be asking yourself, what exactly did Steve Biko do for us as a nation and what did he stand for?
Steve Biko's essay Black Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity is by common consensus considered to be the best statement he could have made of a vision for a new society. This comes not just from discursive reasoning but draws from a critique of society as it was organised. He then elaborates a vision of the people of South Africa ultimately sitting down together around a tabula rasa to formulate a truly new society based on the common value we all share together as common humanity. Somehow through this essay we begin to get an insight into Steve Biko as a visionary and as someone with a truly humane heart. "We have set out", he says, "on a quest for true humanity, and somewhere on the distant horizon, we can see the glittering prize."
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Black consciousness never attempted in any systematic sense to formulate a manifesto for a new South Africa: in part because black consciousness, certainly during the time of Steve Biko, never envisaged itself as an alternative liberation force, but also in part because it was justly preoccupied with the middle passage, the strategies necessary to bring about the revolution of the mind that leads to action.
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Andile Mngxitama, National Convenor of Black First-Land First (BLF) movement in Azania (South Africa) and co-editor of BIKO LIVES! Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko, joined us from Cape Town to discuss the life and legacy of Steve Biko the legendary founder of the Black Consciousness movement assassinated in 1977.
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Another leader during the apartheid era was Bantu Stephen (Steve) Biko–one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement, which instead of accepting assimilation into white and Western culture, promoted the “black is beautiful” ideology.