19 Days in September: A chronicle of the death of Steve Biko
An exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the death and immediate aftermath of the murder of Steve Biko by security police in South Africa in September 1977, opens in SOPHIATOWN, JOHANNESBURG, on Tuesday 12th SEPTEMBER at noon.
Featuring the responses by the then Editor of the East London based Daily Dispatch, Donald Woods, the exhibition chronicles for the first time, the extensive coverage of Biko’s murder by Woods from over 150 sources including speeches, newspaper reports, and other publications. Sources include Woods’ subsequent book ‘BIKO’ published in 1978 which later resulted in an award-winning film ‘Cry Freedom’, directed by Lord Richard Attenborough (a former patron of the Huddleston Centre, and chair of the Mandela Statue Project in London’s Parliament Square).
The exhibition, compiled by the Donald Woods Foundation, is also being presented in London, UK at the gallery of the Guardian/Observer Newspaper, who provided world-class reportage on South Africa throughout the apartheid era led by proprietor David Astor, editor Donald Trelford, Africa editor, Colin Legum and Antony Sampson, Mandela’s biographer and former editor of Drum magazine.
In South Africa, the exhibition will also open at the Donald Woods Centre, Hobeni, Mbashe and at the Steve Biko Centre, King Williams Town, Eastern Cape.
A special screening of the film ‘Cry Freedom’ will be hosted by the Board of the Fr Huddleston Centre, at the end of September (see website and FB for details), in conjunction with the exhibition and the Donald Woods Foundation. The film, released in 1987 featured music composed by then-exiled Jonas Gwangwa, and won a Grammy for the soundtrack.
The exhibition ‘19 Days in September’ runs from 12 September-14 October 2017 and is free to visit. Venue: Sophiatown National Heritage House, 73 Toby Street Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092, next to Westdene/Melville/Auckland Park.
Visiting times are normally Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm, but check website for details as times change to accommodate other events.