1883.  A black man enters the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey), stands in front of the Judge, Sir Thomas Chambers, assured and forthright. He delivers an eloquent plea on behalf of the defendant. Described by the court circular as possessing 'an unusual command of 'the tongue that Shakespeare spoke' a felicity of expression, good taste, and intellectual force.'


The University of Oxford Faculty of Law is delighted to welcome historian and the Founder and Director of Black Oxford Untold Stories, Pamela Roberts, to present:

The evening begins with the screening of the film Christian Frederick Cole, followed by a presentation.  Pamela’s lecture will illustrate how Cole’s life intersected the complex intertwining of education, politics, and race in the early 20th-century.   His impetus in traveling from Sierra Leone in 1873 to become the University of Oxford’s first black scholar. How he navigated the challenges and financial barriers at the University in a Victorian-era of colonialism, and racial superiority promoted by a fellow student, Cecil John Rhodes.  His political consciousness, advocating for Black Lives through his seminal poetry Reflections of a Zulu War, against imperialism, and finally his historic achievement.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Wednesday 21st October 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

The event is FREE to attend.