Steve Biko

1946 - 1977

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Bantu Stephen Biko OMSG (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Steve Biko has received more than 4,722,487 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Steve Biko is the 130th most popular social activist (up from 143rd in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from South Africa (up from 25th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular South African Social Activist.

Steve Biko was a black South African activist who was a founding member of the Black Consciousness Movement. He was a student leader and an anti-apartheid activist who was killed by the South African police in 1977.

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Among social activists, Steve Biko ranks 130 out of 840Before him are Mordechai Anielewicz, Al-Mu'tazz, Denis Mukwege, Antipope Clement III, Georgy Gapon, and George Stinney. After him are Musa al-Sadr, Vesna Vulović, Pier Gerlofs Donia, Abimael Guzmán, Mairead Maguire, and Gangubai Kothewali.

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Among people born in 1946, Steve Biko ranks 96Before him are Janet Yellen, Laura Bush, Peter Singer, Yonatan Netanyahu, Stefania Sandrelli, and Semion Mogilevich. After him are Paul L. Modrich, Ajda Pekkan, Jean Todt, Demetris Christofias, Robert Reich, and Claudia Goldin. Among people deceased in 1977, Steve Biko ranks 37Before him are Groucho Marx, Sergey Ilyushin, James Jones, Abdel Halim Hafez, Ali Shariati, and Clementine Churchill. After him are Francis Gary Powers, Gangubai Kothewali, Alia Al-Hussein, Olave Baden-Powell, Oskar Morgenstern, and Naum Gabo.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Steve Biko ranks 24 out of 454Before him are Paul Kruger (1825), P. W. Botha (1916), Jody Scheckter (1950), Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924), Sydney Brenner (1927), and Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761). After him are Glynis Johns (1923), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), D. F. Malan (1874), Basil Rathbone (1892), Seymour Papert (1928), and Jan Smuts (1870).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In South Africa

Among social activists born in South Africa, Steve Biko ranks 2Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918). After him are Frances Ames (1920), Evelyn Mase (1922), Ted Grant (1913), Denis Goldberg (1933), Devdas Gandhi (1900), Ramdas Gandhi (1897), Albertina Sisulu (1918), Bram Fischer (1908), Beyers Naudé (1915), and Lillian Ngoyi (1911).