1976 – 2011

steve biko: nalatenskap

Steve Biko Foundation

"In Sesotho is daar 'n gesegde "motjheka sediba ha se nwe" ("hy wat 'n put grawe, drink nie water daaruit nie"). Slegs diegene wat ná hom kom, sal hulle dors les uit die put se koel water. Toe die voorvaders hierdie spreekwoord geformuleer het, het hulle Steve Bantu Biko in gedagte gehad, selfs toe hy in die wêreld voor die skepping gesit en wag het om geskep te word"
- Zakes Mda 

Vandag leef Steve Biko se erflating voort deur die werk van 'n aantal instellings in Suid-Afrika en ook in die internasionale gemeenskap. Onder andere is daar die Steve Biko Stigting in Suid-Afrika; die Brasiliaanse Steve Biko Kulturele Instituut en die Steve Biko-behuisingsvereniging in Liverpool, Engeland. In die tradisie of Biko fokus hierdie instellings nie slegs op materiële sake soos behuising, onderrig en gesongheidsorg nie, maar poog hulle ook om Biko se visie te vermenslik, deur klem te lê op onderwerpe soos geskiedenis, kultuur en selfidentiteit.

30 jaar ná Steve Biko se dood het mev Ntsiki Biko en adv George Bizos die opening van die Steve Biko Sentrum vir Bio-etiek by die Universiteit van die Witwatersrand in Johannesburg bygewoon.
'n Liedjie van 1980 geskryf deur Peter Gabriel ter herinnering aan die gestorwe anti-apartheidsktivis, Steve Biko

Steve Biko word ook jaarliks herdenk by wyse van die Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 'n program van die SBF wat gefasiliteer word in samewerking met die Universiteit van Kaapstad. Dit is nou in sy 13de jaar en hierdie lesing is al gelewer deur sommige van die 21ste eeu se voorste denkerleiers.

" Like all social processes, the African reawakening is a messy yet creative development, far from being subject to a body of predictive rules and regulations, nor is it reducible to a political programme."

- Njabulo Ndebele, 1ste jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2000

Professor Njabulo Ndebeleen, mnr Nkosinathi Biko, SBF se uitvoerende hoof

"An investment in Biko's children is an investment in the future of South Africa, for they will not desert this country. It is their heritage" 

- Zakes Mda, 2de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing - 12 September 2001

Professor Zakes Mda

"A young man with a sharp intellect and a flair for organisation and leadership, Biko realised the need to raise the sagging morale of black people, to raise their consciousness and self-esteem; in his own words to ‘overcome the psychological oppression of black people by whites.’ "

– Chinua Achebe, 3de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2002

Professor Chinua Achebe

"Steve Biko, whom we have come to honour, is among this great gallery of people whose work and devotion have impacted those beyond the native shores, and which make it possible for us even to talk about the possibilities of a new Africa out of the colonial ashes of latter-day empires."

 – Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 4de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2003

Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"And as we now increasingly speak of and work for an African Renaissance, the life, work, words, thoughts and example of Steve Biko assume a relevance and resonance as strong as in the time that he lived. His revolution had a simple but overwhelmingly powerful dimension in which it played itself out – that of radically changing the consciousness of people. The African Renaissance calls for and is situated in exactly such a fundamental change of consciousness: consciousness of ourselves, our place in the world, our capacity to shape history, and our relationship with each other and the rest of humanity."

- Nelson Mandela, 5de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 10 September 2004

President Nelson Mandela

"Bantu Stephen Biko’s key contribution to the freedom we enjoy today is in freeing us from the fear of death, thus allowing to become fully what we were created to be – agents of our own history. "

– Mamphela Ramephele, 6de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2005

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

"It is amazing to think that Steve did not have much time to propagate his teachings and in way, by rights, should have disappeared into oblivion...He didn’t have a flashy car or a big house. He lived in a ghetto township. He did not even have a university degree and by rights, should have been consigned to the oblivion reserved for all non-entities. But what his the reality?”

- Desmond Tutu, 7de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 26 September 2006

Aartsbiskop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

"Steve Biko understood that to attain our freedom we had to rebel against the notion that we are a problem, that we should no longer merely cry out: Why did God make me an outcast and a stranger in mine house?; That we should stop looking at ourselves through the eyes of others, and measuring our souls by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. "

– Thabo Mbeki, 8ste jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2007

President Thabo Mbeki

“Biko’s writings speak less of his attitude towards the racist governors than it does aboutthe psychology and consciousness of the oppressed. He understood then as we mustnow, that the consciousness of the poor, and their active participation as agents of change in their own lives is the key to democratic transformation. For these beliefs, Bikogave his life in the name of freedom and democracy. For this, we owe him a debt ofgratitude and he certainly deserves his rightful place in our collective memories.” 

- Trevor Manuel, 9de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 11 September 2008

Minister Trevor Manuel 

“Having been willing to give everything for the ideal of a democratic society, Steve Biko would have observed the progress of the country since democracy was introduced in 1994 with the greatest interest.  In fact, he would have done more than that:  he would certainly have been leading rather than observing, shaping events rather than being shaped by them.” 

-Tito Mboweni, 10de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 10 September 2009

Mnr Nkosinathi Biko, SBF se uitvoerende hoof en Reserwebank-goewerneur Tito Mboweni

One of the things I began to understand about oppression as I worked on this issue was how the oppressor – whoever it is – will happily steal everything we have, but they will leave us our self-inflicted suffering. They will leave us; gladly leave us, our scars. And then they will help others define us by the wounds and scars we give ourselves...Steve Biko is known as the Father of Black Consciousness in South Africa. He taught that black people must investigate and validate their own existence, irrespective of other people’s opinions of them; that they must see themselves in the warm light of their own genius - the unique gift that they come into the world carrying to deliver to all of human kind; that they must have faith that they are made perfectly for the singular expression of the divine that they are. This is why one reveres Steve Biko.Because, in short, he fully understood that the foundation of any true liberation, any true liberation, is self-love.

- Alice Walker, 11de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2010

Professor Alice Walker

"After the inquest I read some of his writings.  I have recently re-read some of them.  Even today, over thirty years on, in a radically changed society, their power is extraordinary.  You find in them a combination of eloquence, insight, political passion and political pragmatism."

- Sir Sydney Kentridge , 12de jaarlikse Steve Biko-gedenklesing, 12 September 2011

Sir Sydney Kentridge
Erkenning: storie

Steve Biko Foundation:
Nkosinathi Biko, CEO
Y. Obenewa Amponsah, Director International Partnerships
Donna Hirschson, Intern
S. Dibuseng Kolisang, Communications Officer
Consultants:
Ardon Bar-Hama
Marie Human

Erkennings: Alle media
Die storie hier is in sommige gevalle moontlik deur 'n onafhanklike derde party geskep en verteenwoordig nie noodwendig die sieninge van die instellings hieronder wat die inhoud verskaf het nie.
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