Today we remember South African anti-apartheid activist, Bantu Stephen Biko who on this day, 42 years ago died in Pretoria.

The African nationalist and socialist, was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. 

5 quotes from Steve Biko that you did not know you needed. Picture: Instagram

To commemorate 42 years since his death we have compiled 5 quotes from the author that were relevant back then and are still relevant now.

  1. “The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game that they should be playing. They want to do things for themselves and all by themselves.” 
  2. “You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can’t care anyway.” 
  3. “It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die”
  4. “No group, however benevolent, can ever hand power to the vanquished on a plate.”
  5. “The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial and military look but the great gift still has to come from Africa – giving the world a more human face.”
-Quotes adapted from goodreads