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Google honours Biko on his 70th birthday

Sunday 18 December 2016 12:07

Ditaba Tsotetsi

Steve Biko would have been 70

Steve Biko would have been 70 years old.(SABC)

As the Black Consciousness Movement sees a resurgence in recent years, search engine Google is honouring the movement's leader, Steve Biko, who would have turned 70 on Sunday.

Biko was killed while in police custody in 1977. His death became the apartheid government's symbol of resistance.

The leader of the Black Consciousness movement was born on December 18, 1946 - Google is commemorating what would have been his 70th birthday with a commemorative Doodle in recognition of his role in the modern history of South Africa.

Biko was arrested at a police road block in August 1977 and held under the country's terrorism legislation.

He was badly beaten and shackled to a grill before being taken on a 600 mile journey to Pretoria where he died shortly after arriving at the prison on September 12, 1977.

Google says they remember his courage and the important legacy he left behind. They also thank him for dedicating his life to the pursuit of equality for all.  

Having been involved with the National Union of South African Student he felt that black, coloured and Indian students needed their own body.

This led to the creation of the South African Students Organisation (SASO) which eventually became the Black Consciousness Movement.

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