I Write What I Like: Selected Writings

I Write What I Like: Selected Writings

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Like all of Steve Biko's writings, those words testify to the passion, courage, and keen insight that made him one of the most powerful figures in South Africa's struggle against apartheid. They also reflect his conviction that black people in South Africa could not be liberated until they united to break their chains of servitude, a key tenet of the Black Consciousness movement that he helped found.

I Write What I Like contains a selection of Biko's writings from 1969, when he became the president of the South African Students' Organization, to 1972, when he was prohibited from publishing. The collection also includes a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; an introduction by Malusi and Thoko Mpumlwana, who were both involved with Biko in the Black Consciousness movement; a memoir of Biko by Father Aelred Stubbs, his longtime pastor and friend; and a new foreword by Professor Lewis Gordon.

Biko's writings will inspire and educate anyone concerned with issues of racism, postcolonialism, and black nationalism.

Title:I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780226048970
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  • Tim

    I live in the city where he was murdered. Some people here don't like it when i voice the notion that we still bear a collective shame over this. They don't like most of the notions I voice, come to t...

  • Paul

    A collection of writings by Steve Biko, remarkable, perceptive and articulate. Biko was an icon for those of us on the left when I was at university and developing my political thinking. Killed whilst...

  • Mark

    Steven Biko was one of the most famous leaders of the struggle for freedom and equality in South Africa. His fight was not only against apartheid, but more specifically against the ill-effects it was ...

  • Sarah

    Read once in university, I decided to re-read I Write What I Like after getting it as a gift from a friend. It remains an absolutely phenomenal collection of ideology penned by the great Steve Biko. H...

  • Grace

    As a black South African born 10 years before democracy, it is only now that I am an adult that I see the effect that apartheid has had on the culture and value system of black South Africans in parti...

  • Donald

    I loved this book. I love Steve Biko and this writing. I read The Sabi which was a personal account of life growing up in South Africa and references were made by the author Brown, to Biko and Ture. S...

  • Phumza Ntshotsho Simelane

    It was difficult to get into, but I suppose I was not ready for it at that point in time. So I parked it for over a year. When I did finally get into it I was absorbed. My own "Black consciousness" wa...

  • Corey Holmes

    He had the charisma of Mandela, the courage of Hani and the intellectual capacity of Sobukwe and Mbeki....Dead before 30 at the hands of apartheid......

  • Busie

    Insight into the mind of one of the most inspirational and unique South African struggle heroes. Where others were fighting for freedom, he was trying to free the african mind (decolonsing the mind). ...

  • Rawda

    " The most potent weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed".. Steve Biko will always be remembered as one of the most outspoken leaders in South Africa's liberation movement. ...