The Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies are pleased to be project partners in the Sam 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.

Sam Sharpe Project Website

2021 Sam Sharpe Lecture
21 October: Setting the Captives free – forging the path to freedom
Speaker: Amanda Khozi Mukwashi (CEO of Christian Aid)
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The 2020 Sam Sharpe Lecture was delivered online by Bishop Wilton Powell OBE on Monday 12th October. Watch the webinar here: