Black Oxford Untold Stories, Founder and Director, Pamela Roberts is an engaging and dynamic public speaker with a passion for her research and work celebrating Oxford University’s Black Oxford Scholars. She has delivered many talks and lecturers including keynote speeches at national and international conferences, universities, museums, libraries and schools.  Pamela has delivered talks at Jesus College and University College, University of Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, University of Oxford Natural History Museum, Liverpool University, Buckinghamshire New University, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, University of West Indies, The Open Campus, Antigua.


St Hugh’s College was delighted to host Pamela Roberts as our keynote speaker. She gave a fascinating, thoroughly well-researched and mesmerising talk about Lady Ademola, an alumna of our College who was the first black African woman to graduate from Oxford. A large and diverse audience attended the event and Pamela was very well-received indeed.”

The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, Principal, St Hugh’s College,

University of Oxford



Lecture topics


An overview of Oxford University’s Black Scholars

Black women at the University of Oxford

Africans at the University of Oxford

Alain LeRoy Locke and his Oxford years

The Untold Story of James Arthur Harley 1873 – 1943

Friends or Foes - Locke and Harley at Oxford   

Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar

Re-Imagining Cole – the imagery of Christian Frederick Cole

Early American civil rights through the lens of the James Arthur Harley and the Lawson Family 1900 - 1940

 or enquire about bespoke topics

Talks are 40-50 minutes long unless otherwise specified.






Black Oxford Untold Stories collaborates and works with a network of academics, artists, archivists, actors and directors to deliver creative, educational and engaging projects. Inquire about commissioning Black Oxford Untold Stories to develop and produce a project

to celebrate the contributions of a specific Oxford University’s Black Scholar.































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