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

The 2022 Annual Sam Sharpe Lecture

In partnership with the University of Oxford, the Sam Sharpe Partners warmly invite you to this year’s 10th anniversary lecture being delivered in Oxford by Professor Kehinde Andrews – Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University.

Date: Wednesday 19 October – starting at 19:00

Venue: The Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

A Reception to which all delegates are invited will be taking place after the Lecture at Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB.

There is no charge to attend the lecture but, as the venue has limited space, please register to reserve your place.

Online Lecture
If you are unable to attend the lecture in Oxford, we have the option of joining online. Please register to be sent a link to join the lecture nearer the time.

We hope you will be able to join us on 19 October and will encourage your church family to attend as well.  The lecture will also be recorded so that it can also be accessed from the Baptist Union website afterwards.

Every blessing,

Wale Hudson-Roberts – Justice Enabler, Baptists Together
Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed – Sam Sharpe Lecture Founder
Karl Johnson – Former General Secretary, Jamaica Baptist Union
Christine Joynes – Regent’s Park College, Oxford
Kang-San Tan – BMS World Mission
Eleasah Roberts – Sam Sharpe Project, academic support

2021 Sam Sharpe Lecture
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO of Christian Aid delivered last year’s lecture on the theme of Setting The Captives Free – forging the paths to freedom. If you missed it, you can watch the full lecture here.

The 2020 Sam Sharpe Lecture was delivered online by Bishop Wilton Powell OBE on Monday 12th October. Watch the webinar here: