Did the Soweto Uprising on June 16th 1976 lead to the death of Steve Biko?

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Did the Soweto Uprising on June 16th 1976 lead to the death of Steve Biko?

I believe that the Soweto Uprising did lead to the death of Steve Biko as the apartheid government began to realize how much of a threat the Black Consciousness Movement was becoming and they felt that they had to do something to halt its progress. The Black Consciousness Movement heavily supported the protests against the policies of the apartheid regime which led to the  in June of 1976.

The government's efforts to suppress the growing movement led to the imprisonment of Steve Biko, who became a symbol of the struggle. Biko died in police custody on , . He was a non-violent activist; even though the movement he helped start eventually took up violent resistance. The Black Consciousness movement gave hope and pride to the thousands of young black students which ultimately fueled the fire for the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Biko’s vision of a liberal and free South Africa and his idea of one nation and an egalitarian society made him a target for the police and the fact that he was such a intelligent and brilliant man also made him a threat to the government.

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It seemed to some that the key goals of Black Consciousness had been attained, in that black identity and psychological liberation were growing. People were inspired by the Soweto Uprising and Biko’s death including Desmond Tutu, and the Black Consciousness Movement kept growing and spreading.

Biko and the legacy of the Black Consciousness movement assisted in giving the resistance a sense of fearlessness. Its emphasis on individual psychological pride aided people in realizing that they could not wait for distant leaders to free them but that they had to take matters into their own hands. As  struggled to make ...

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