The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.
Statement as witness (3 May 1976)
It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.Steve Biko
The system concedes nothing without demand, for it formulates its very method of operation on the basis that the ignorant will learn to know, the child will grow into an adult and therefore demands will begin to be made. It gears itself to resist demands in whatever way it sees fit.Steve Biko
In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift—a more human face.Steve Biko
We must realise that prophetic cry of black students: "Black man you are on your own!"Steve Biko
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.Steve Biko