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 Bantu Steven “Steve” Biko

Bantu Steven “Steve” Biko

Birth
King William's Town, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death 12 Sep 1977 (aged 30)
Pretoria, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Burial King William's Town, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Memorial ID 6904729 · View Source
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South African Black Leader. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement, the South African Students' Organization, the Black People's Convention and the Zimele Trust, to help fund aid for the families of political prisoners in South Africa. Biko sought peaceful reconciliation with white South Africans, but instead found violence and was forced to give up his medical studies at the University of Natal in 1973. Over time he was placed in detention and prosecuted four times for breaking apartheid regulations. On September 12, 1977, while being detained, he died from unexplained head wounds in his cell. The prison authorities were found not responsible after a 3-week inquest into the death. His funeral was attended by over 20,000 mourners, including many blacks and world leaders.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6904729
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bantu Steven “Steve” Biko (12 Dec 1946–12 Sep 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6904729, citing King William's Town Cemetery, King William's Town, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa ; Maintained by Find A Grave .