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I am the First Accused.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961.

At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion made by the State in its opening that the struggle in South Africa is . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . .

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Steven Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977)

  "Black man, you are on your own."
Slogan coined by Steve Biko for the South African Student's Organisation, SASO.

"So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior."
As quoted in the Boston Globe, 25 October 1977.

"You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway."
On Death, I Write What I Like, 1978

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
Speech in Cape Town, 1971

"The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity."
From Steve Biko's evidence given at the SASO/BPC trial, 3 May 1976.

"Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude."
The Definition of Black Consciousness, I Write What I Like, 1978.

"Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being."
The Definition of Black Consciousness, I Write What I Like, 1978.

Just a Thought

December 10, 2012

Don’t get me wrong, but really, if experience equals arrogance, I am then better off without it. I understand that everything these days revolves around experience. When you apply for a job, they ask you for experience. Well, that what I would do as well if I had a company. Apart from the costs associated with experienced people, experience has a number of benefits:

·         You know more

·         You come across issues you have encountered in the past so it takes shorter time to resolve

·         You can foresee a problem before it even happens

·         And mostly, you are an inspiration to the young/inexperienced

However, recently, my friend told me about this guy. And he wrote “Really, the guy knows his stuff. He has worked for longer than I have lived. But the one thing that irritates me the most about him…is how he look down on the inexperienced. He somehow expects everyone to know what to do. And sometimes he makes these silly remarks, which, if he thinks they are just jokes, then he has lived in his own world. You do not ever make a joke about someone’s capabilities or choice of career field in this environment. Maybe at the bar or sport field, its fine, but not here.

So, I beg, if you ever read this, if you are old, intelligent, experienced and the so-called expert, just for once, think about where you started. Everyone have to start somewhere. The least you can do for the inexperienced or young is to guide them and not undermine and make silly jokes about their careers, I don’t find them funny at all.

I wonder if these so-called experts ever think about what would happen if the world could be run by people like me……well… don’t wanna know.

All I’m saying is, I acknowledge the work and effort put throughout your careers to become what you are today “experts” and all I ask is for you to acknowledge the effort these young Graduates are putting to become experts too.

And I still say, if experience equals arrogance, then I am better off doing a lot of different things good than doing one thing excellent.

Experience is great, vast amount of knowledge is even greater”


Robert Kennedy

December 9, 2012

But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?
Robert Kennedy

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Nelson M

December 9, 2012

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
Nelson Mandela

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Maya Angelou

December 9, 2012

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
Maya Angelou

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I Write What I Like.Part 2

December 8, 2012

"It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realise that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality. The first step therefore is to make the black man come to himself; to pump back life into his empty shell; to infuse him with pride and dignity, to remind him of his complicity in the crime of allowing himself to be misused and therefore letting evil reign supreme in the country of his birth."
We Blacks, I Write What I Like, 1978.

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I Write What I Like.Part 1

December 8, 2012

"We do not want to be reminded that it is we, the indigenous people, who are poor and exploited in the land of our birth. These are concepts which the Black Consciousness approach wishes to eradicate from the black man's mind before our society is driven to chaos by irresponsible people from Coca-cola and hamburger cultural backgrounds."
The Quest for a True Humanity, I Write What I Like, 1978.

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I Write What I Like

December 8, 2012

"Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time. Its essence is the realisation by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression - the blackness of their skin - and to operate as a group to rid themselves of the shackles that bind them to perpetual servitude."
The Quest for a True Humanity, I Write What I Like, 1978.

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I am an African. Pres. Thabo Mbeki

December 8, 2012

On an occasion such as this, we should, perhaps, start from the beginning.

So, let me begin.

I am an African.

I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.

My body has frozen in our frosts and in our latter day snows. It has thawed in the warmth of our sunshine and melted in the heat of the midday sun. The crack and the rumble ...

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I have a dream .Martin Luther Jr.

December 8, 2012

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the...

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I am prepared to die.Part 12

December 8, 2012

The Government often answers its critics by saying that Africans in South Africa are economically better off than the inhabitants of the other countries in Africa. I do not know whether this statement is true and doubt whether any comparison can be made without having regard to the cost-of-living index in such countries. But even if it is true, as far as the African people are concerned it is irrelevant. Our complaint is not that we are poor by comparison with people in other countries, but...

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Hailie Nene I only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, chinese, everyone - that's all. ..........Bob Marley


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 " Go one step ahead, it can bring success for you; there is nothing which comes with zero risk."
Written in 2012 by Saba Hussain


I shot an arrow into the fell to earth, I knew not where , so swiftly it flew, the sight could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the fell to earth, I knew no where, far who has sight so keen & strong that it can follow the flight of song?

Long long afterwards, in an oak I found the arrow still unbroken & the song, from the beginning to the end....I found again the song in the hearth of a friend.....the best friend is like a 4-leaf clover hard to find but lucky to have..........Ymmy

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