By Linda Pona
This year marks 46 years since the death of Bantu Stephen Biko, and his Black Consciousness ideology is still relevant in 2023. During this week, various conversations occurred to commemorate Steve Biko’s murder while in detention by apartheid police.
Although Steve Biko is one of the political leaders who dedicated his life to liberating others, another discussion at the Rhodes University Politics Department echoed the words of Amilcar Cabral, who said, “We do not believe in the capacity of one man to liberate the people. Liberation is the job of all people.” During this debate, one speaker cautioned about thinking of Biko in isolation from American Black thinker W.E.B. Du Bois. This is especially relevant when rebuilding Black spaces.