South Africans are honouring Steve Biko on the anniversary of his death and we decided to take a look at some of his most powerful quotes.
On 12 September, 1977, Steve Biko died after he was severely beaten by apartheid police officers. Although his life was cut tragically short, Biko's legacy will live forever.
So, in honour of Biko's legacy, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at some of his most powerful quotes.
1. “It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.”
2. “Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.”
3. “I’m going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I’m not going to be what you want me to be.”
4. “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
5. “A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine.”
6. "We do not want to be reminded that it is we, the indigenous people, who are poor and exploited in the land of our birth. These are concepts which the Black Consciousness approach wishes to eradicate from the black man's mind before our society is driven to chaos by irresponsible people from Coca-Cola and hamburger cultural backgrounds."
7. "Black man, you are on your own."
8. "You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway."
9. "It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realise that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality."
10. “I've devoted my life to see equality for blacks, and at the same time, I've denied the needs of my family. Please understand that I take these actions, not out of selfishness or arrogance, but to preserve a South Africa worth living in for blacks and whites.”
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