“Steve Biko helped turn me into a feminist”

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Thirty years ago today, Steve Biko — anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa – died in police custody after staggeringly brutal treatment. Information about Steve Biko’s life and death can be found here.

In looking for material about Steve Biko to share with students in my Applied Human Rights Research class today, I came across an essay in the Ottawa Citizen in which the author writes:

It amazes me that a man I never met, who lived a vastly different life half a world away, influenced my life as much as he did — and in ways that Biko himself never would have expected.

For one thing, he helped turn me into a feminist.

Full essay here.

– Stephanie Farrior

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