By James Matthews
Steve Biko’s life and death are equally important to Azania, particularly to the youth. Biko’s message was run on parallel lines to that of Negritude brought about by Leipoldt Senghor, President of Senegal, to instil pride in those who suffered the ravages of racial discrimination.Black consciousness was not primarily concerned with a single sector of Azania but embraced everyone who was denied the franchise for reasons of pigmentation.
Biko and myself had a long talk when I visited him after attending the funeral of Mapethla Mohapi.
There was a mutual understanding that we, the oppressed, would overcome the ravages of apartheid and needed to formulate our position in the future to come.
Let me again emphasise to the youth the message that emanated from Steve Biko: Freedom embraces each and every Azanian without regard to pigmentation.
Steve Biko would have been repulsed by the corruption blighting our freedom.