Biko family in housing date; City team celebrates its 20th birthday.Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Catherine Jones is an English television news journalist, currently a reporter and presenter on Five.
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THE widow of human rights leader Steve Biko Steve Bantu Biko(18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a noted anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. will help a Liverpool housing association celebrate its anniversary this week.
The Steve Biko Housing Association in Toxteth marks its 20th birthday with a special dinner at the Maritime Museum on Friday attended by Nontsikelelo Biko.
She will be joined by sons Nkos-inathi, who is chief executive of the Steve Biko Foundation, and Samora, together with Obenewa Amponsah the director of international partnerships of the Steve Biko Foundation.
The Biko family have also agreed to become honorary patrons of Liverpool's International Slavery Museum A new International Slavery Museum is being created in Liverpool as part of the National Museums Liverpool group. It will be the world's largest museum pertaining to the Atlantic slave trade. .
Housing association director Tracey Gore said: "We're honoured the Biko family have agreed to return to Liverpool to join us in our celebration and to see the progress the association has made since their last visit 15 years ago, particularly in this year that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Bantu Stephen Biko."
Nkosinathi Biko said: "As representatives of the Biko family and the Steve Biko Foundation, we're honoured to take part in this celebration of the Steve Biko Housing Association.
"Mrs Biko and I had the privilege of visiting the housing association in 1992 and are extremely pleased at its continued growth and development.
"This year, as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Steve Biko's murder in detention, we're reminded his legacy and teachings are given life daily through the work of entities such as the housing association as they strive to serve and empower communities."
The housing association was formed in 1982 and was officially registered in 1987. It specialises in accommodation for black people and those from ethnic minorities, and manages more than 200 homes with 45 in development.
Symbol of resistance
STEVE Biko was born in 1946 and became active in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1960s while studying medicine at the University of Natal The University of Natal was a university in Natal, and later KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, and expanded to include a campus in Durban in 1931. .
He was one of the founders of the Black Peoples Convention (BPC BPC British Potato Council
BPC Brewton-Parker College (Mt Vernon, GA)
BPC Bible Presbyterian Church
BPC Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (Chittagong, Bangladesh)
BPC British Pharmaceutical Codex ) and later became the leader of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa at the height of the apartheid regime.
Biko was detained and interrogated four times between August 1975 and September 1977 under anti-terrorism legislation.
In August 1977, he was arrested under South Africa's Terrorism Act and died in prison 25 days later on September 12,1977. He had suffered major head injuries.
Biko became a symbol of resistance and his contribution to black freedom is often placed as second only Nelson Mandela's.
STEVE BIKO: Housing team marks 30th anniversary of his death