Xolela Mangcu

Biko: A Biography

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The first comprehensive biography of an exceptional and inspirational leader who changed South African history. As leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created Black Consciousness, which has resonance to this day. His death by torture, at the hands of the police, robbed South Africa of one of its most gifted leaders. Biko's intellectual legacy cannot be overestimated.Then a journalist, Helen Zille, along with Donald Woods, close friend of Biko's, exposed the truth behind Biko's death. Although the rudimentary facts of his life are well known, there has not been an in-depth book on this pivotal and tragic political icon.Chapters include:• Biko's childhood in Ginsberg; his father's early death and his relationship with his brother • Lovedale College, discovering politics – and expulsion• Biko's student years in Durban, his disillusion with white left politics and dalliances with women• SASO and Black Consciousness, new thinking on old problems – moving towards radicalism• The awkward issues of gender and sexism, Biko's wife Ntsiki and his relationship with Mamphela Ramphele• Biko's impact on the student uprising of June 1976• The King William's Town years: Starting a health project and defying banning orders. Biko's death.• After Biko – his impact and the problems in current South African politics.
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347 printed pages
Original publication


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