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  • Series: Ohio Short Histories of Africa
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821420259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821420256
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ambitious and intelligent, Biko was pursuing a university education in South Africa when he energized a student movement in resistance to apartheid. The impetus came from his own run-ins with brutal South African police and the spirit of resistance across the continent. Biko was a teenager when Nelson Mandela created the military wing of the African National Congress and was later arrested and imprisoned. Biko devoted himself to developing a philosophy of black consciousness, partly inspired by the U.S. civil rights and black nationalist movements, urging black South Africans to reject oppression and take pride in their own heritage and traditions. He developed a socialist perspective more tied to the African than European experience, focused on oppression based on race rather than class. Biko directed his organizing efforts to black South African youth, inspiring the Soweto uprisings. He was killed by prison interrogators in 1977; he was 30 years old. South African documentary filmmaker Wilson analyzes Biko’s legacy in the aftermath of apartheid and expresses continued concerns about racial conflicts and growing concerns about class divisions. --Vanessa Bush

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“Ambitious and intelligent, Biko was pursuing a university education in South Africa when he energized a student movement in resistance to apartheid…. Wilson analyzes Biko’s legacy in the aftermath of apartheid and expresses continued concern about racial conflicts and growing concerns about class divisions.”  –Booklist


“Clear accessible language; a strong narrative [and] chronological structure; a balanced assessment in the portrayal of Biko.”

Laura J. Mitchell
University of California, Irvine


“Throughout the text, Wilson brings to the fore Biko’s personality, drawing a portrait of a complex and charismatic man. VERDICT: The book, as a short history rather than an in-depth examination of a person or a movement, will be most useful for students, although it does assume a certain amount of knowledge.”—Library Journal

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This is a terrific warts and all account of Biko's life and of his contribution to the struggle against Apartheid.
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