The 18th of December 2016 would have been Stephen Bantu Biko’s 70th birthday. To mark this day Google turned its home page into a tribute, honouring him with a Google Doodle on their search page.
Black is beautiful. Steve Biko knew this fully well, and fought to spread this message across South Africa at the height of the apartheid movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Google
South Africa’s Biko, who made the phrase "Black is beautiful" popular, co-founded the Black Consciousness Movement, which rejected apartheid policies and encouraged black people to take pride in their racial identities and cultural heritages. His involvement with the Black Consciousness Movement led to his expulsion from medical school in South Africa in 1972.
Later in 1973, Biko was banned from associating with other South Africans by the apartheid government. This meant that he was restricted from communicating with anyone, and South Africans were not allowed to speak of him or bring him up in writing, speaking or day to day conversation.
“Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life", Biko famously said, adding "the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.”
Steve Biko's 70th Anniversary Google Doodle Reach
"We remember his courage and the important legacy he left behind", the page dedicated to the Google Doodle added. "Thank you, Steve Biko, for dedicating your life to the pursuit of equality for all." Biko’s legacy continues to this day through various projects being run by the Steve Biko Foundation.