New Biko book launched

2009-10-21 10:48

THE teachings of Steve Biko and the black consciousness-inspired

South African Students Organisation have been revived by a new book.

Written by Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Saleem Badat, the book

titled Black Man You are On Your Own, was launched this week.

Badat said the book was both a record of the black consciousness

movement and a personal quest to right a wrong of the past.

He said that with the rise of the mass politics of the United

Democratic Front in the early 80s, the role and influence of black consciousness

was nudged with the “tip of the boot” out of the political arena.

However, he admired the originality, the independence of thought

and the courage of Biko and others like Barney Pityana, who were at the root of

the political revolts which finally brought an end to apartheid.

The Black Consciousness movement was sparked in the late sixties

after the Rhodes Universtiy administration barred black students from attending

a National Union of SA Students’ conference.

Badat said the movement’s philosophy was unique in its assertion

that black liberation was an intensely personal inner psychological journey,

where being black was embraced and affirmed as beautiful.

He said this need remained today. People who come too quickly to

non-racialism and rainbow politics, should understand how black consciousness

had its roots in an experience which was as relevant today as it was back


The book was endorsed by Biko’s son, Nkosinathi, and the Steve Biko

Foundation. – West Cape News

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