19 Days in September - A chronicle of the death of Steve Biko

Sep 12 2017 - Nov 1 2017    73 Toby St, Sophiatown    

The Sophiatown The Mix community centre and museum presents 19 Days in September, an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement Steve Biko. The exhibition looks particularly at the public outrage that followed the news of Biko's death in 1977 at the hands of the South African security forces.

Steve Biko was arrested on 18 August, 1977 near King William's Town in the Eastern Cape. Detained in police custody he was interrogated for 22 hours and subjected to brutal beatings by police interrogators, before being shackled and thrown in a police van and driven more than 1000km north to Pretoria. Biko subsequently died from his injuries 12 days later, the victim of apartheid state police brutality.

This exhibition includes responses by the then Editor of the East London based Daily Dispatch, Donald Woods, who had become a friend and supporter of Biko and who used his newspaper to publish articles that criticised the white minority regime. The exhibition chronicles the extensive coverage of Biko’s murder in South Africa and abroad including speeches, newspaper reports, and other publications.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.



Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:00–16:30. Closed Sun. Sep 12 2017 - Nov 1 2017

73 Toby St, Sophiatown


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