Steve Biko

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A black human rights activist from South Africa who was tortured to death in prison under medical supervision, 6 days after being detained by police for questioning
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"He had been walking around without his identity card and he was taken to the same jail that Stephen Biko (anti-apartheid activist) died in.
True (emeritus, Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts) presents 41 short profiles of individuals, organizations, and movements that have contributed to "people power" The selected individuals include writer/activists Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, African freedom fighters Stephen Biko and Nelson Mandela, union activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, the antiwar priests Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Chicago Seven figure Dave Dellinger, Indian anti-imperialists Mohandas Gandhi and Vandana Shiva, philosopher Bertrand Russell, writers Leo Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau, progressive reformer Jane Addams, anarchist activist Emma Goldman, and socialist politician Eugene Debs.
According to Barrios, "Ga ngsters reflects how the Black Consciousness artists, infuriated by the blood shed by the children of the Soweto uprisings in 1976 and Stephen Biko's death in prison, dramatized that rage and the spirit of the dead into their artistic work." For students and scholars interested in politically committed theater, Barrios's "Black Consciousness Theater in South Africa and the Committed Artist" is an informative and essential text.
Some of the leaders included are Stephen Biko, Stokely Carmichael, Dorothea Dix, Sigmund Freud, Mohandas Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Emiliano Zapata.
Unfortunately, the fate of these anonymous human rights activists is more likely to be the same as Stephen Biko's than it is to be like that of Rigoberta Menchu.
Elsewhere, his 1987 Oscar-nominated depiction of South African freedom fighter Stephen Biko in Cry Freedom and everything in between.