City of Joburg fetes Steve Biko

You are either alive and proud, or you are dead, and when you are dead, you are past caring anyway.

You are either alive and proud, or you are dead, and when you are dead, you are past caring anyway.

This is just one of countless statements on a number of social, political, economic and cultural issues that are attributed to Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) icon Steve Biko, who died in police custody on September 12, 1977.

This particular statement - which Biko wrote on the subject of death, can be gleaned from I Write What I Like. The book is a compilation of his thoughts about the social, political, economic and cultural landscape in South Africa under apartheid, most of which he penned under the pseudonym, Frank Talk.

The BCM leader also tackled issues of development, race relations, religion, culture and black consciousness.

Biko always encouraged self-pride, and the City Of Johannesburg's Library and Information Services has adopted the theme: Pride In Yourself for its 2007 Johannesburg Literary Festival, or JoLife in short.

JoLife, which was launched in September, celebrates and commemorates the life and death of Bantubonke Steve Biko. Coincidentally, this year is the 30th anniversary of Biko's death, at the age of 30.

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