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We Write What We Like

Celebrating Steve Biko

192 pages

November, 2007

ISBN: 9781868144648



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Darryl Accone is books editor of the Mail & Guardian and director of the annual M&G Literary Festival in Johannesburg.

Zithulele Cindi is an activist, trade unionist and currently Executive Director at Unity

Saths Cooper is an activist and psychologist. He is Vice President of the International Social Science Council and President of the International Union of Psychological Science.

Duncan Innes was student activist and is currently executive director of the Innes Labour Brief and a lecturer in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, current President of the South African Institute of Race Relations and President of the South African Academy of Science. He is a prolific writer and educationist in South Africa.

A celebration of Steve Biko's legacy of freedom
Steve Biko, the founder of the Black Consciousness philosophy, was killed in prison on 12 September 1977. Biko was only thirty years old, but his ideas and political activities changed the course of South African history and helped hasten the end of apartheid. The year 2007 saw the thirtieth anniversary of Biko's death. To mark the occasion, the then Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Mosibudi Mangena, commissioned Chris van Wyk to compile an anthology of essays as a tribute to the great South African son. Among the contributors are Minister Mangena himself, ex-President Thabo Mbeki, writer Darryl Accone, journalists Lizeka Mda and Bokwe Mafuna, academics Jonathan Jansen, Mandla Seleoane and Saths Cooper, a friend of Biko's and former president of Azapo. We Write What We Like proudly echoes the title of Biko's seminal work, I Write What I Like. It is a gift to a new generation which enjoys freedom, from one that was there when this freedom was being fought for. And it celebrates the man whose legacy is the freedom to think and say and write what we like.