Pan Macmillan South Africa is publishing three books this year to honour the life and work of Steve Biko.
The legendary anti-apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness movement died in detention at just 30 years old in 1977, 40 years ago this September.
The first book, a 40th anniversary edition of I Write What I Like, was published in May, and features a new Foreword by Njabulo S Ndebele, personal reflections on Steve Biko and Black Consciousness, as well as Biko’s first known published piece of writing.
The second, The Testimony of Steve Biko, focuses on Steve Biko’s role as a star witness in the trial of nine student leaders from the Black People’s Convention (BPC) and the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in 1974.
Biko’s testimony gave traction and newfound understanding to the teachings of Black Consciousness. This book focuses on his testimony, in his own words.
The third, No Fears Expressed, was originally published in June 2007, and aims to keep intact the soul of Steve Biko and his teachings in a book of quotes.