Sam Sharpe Project

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture

The Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture is pleased to be a project partner in the Same Sharpe Project which has been created to explore and to promote the story and the legacy of Sam Sharpe.

Sam Sharpe’s story is that of a Christian whose actions were clearly motivated by his faith and by his reading of scripture; he is reported to have said, “In reading my Bible, I found that the white man had no more right to make a slave of me than I have to make a slave of the white man”.

He remains a witness to the principle of ‘liberation from below’: that is, true liberation comes when those who are oppressed or marginalized participate in making their own freedom and justice, rather than simply having it granted to them by those who have power and authority.

This is what the Project identifies as the ‘legacy’ of Sam Sharpe today.