‘Pamela Roberts is a force of nature. An amazing woman. Last year she arranged to speak to me about celebrating the life of Kofoworola Ademola Moore, MBE a student at St Hugh’s College and the first black African woman to graduate from Oxford University. Pamela’s energy and drive to ensure appropriate recognition for Lady Ademola’s life resulted in an invitation to her to deliver a keynote talk at St Hugh’s College about the life and work of Lady Ademola. Pamela gave a fascinating and thoroughly well- researched talk which was very well received. As a result of the inspiration and impetus Pamela gave us, the College also announced the launch of a fund to provide finance for African scholars and academics to study and research at Oxford, to be known as the Kofoworola Moore Fund’.
The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC
Principal, St Hugh’s College, the University of Oxford
Few research fellows could secure the Old Bailey and command the presence of a busy High Court Judge for a film premiere of Christian Frederick Cole, The story of England’s first Black Barrister presented by Black Oxford Untold Stories or arrange for the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor to unveil a photograph of the late graduate Lady Ademola (nee Miss. Kofoworola Moore) It is testament to Ms Roberts’ considerable interpersonal, communication skills and collaboration, essential qualities for a modern historian, that she was able to do just that for the research she featured and presented in London and Oxford on both African graduates.
Her audiences were suitably impressed, as I was having seen both presentations of Cole’s undergraduate life at London’s Africa centre‘s event - How would you re-imagine Cole’. Pamela gave an overview of her research about Cole before the performance piece. At the Old Bailey film screening on 13th February 2020 presided over by the former Recorder of London, The Honourable Mr Justice Hilliard. Pamela opened the premiere with a scholarly exposition of Cole’s professional life.
Both Ms Roberts’ presentations displayed cultural empathy, attention to detail and historical accuracy, which also was the case in her Oxford address on 10th March, 2020 before the unveiling of the 1937 photograph of Lady Ademola on the occasion of the Oba’s visit ( her father - in- law ) to St. Hugh’s.
Miss. Kofoworola Moore, the future Lady Ademola was the first black woman to study at Oxford ( St. Hugh’s College, English, 1932). Dame Elish Angioni, St. Hugh’s Principal hosted the occasion which started with a short reception. Ms. Roberts ‘ pictorial address to an audience which included current and past undergraduates, dons and fellows chronicled the then Miss Moore’s journey from Lagos to Oxford and after marriage her decorations as a Nigerian educationist.
Ms Roberts’ work is testimony to how rigorous research is the foundation of meaningful scholarship which can be a catalyst for change. I highly recommend her research and presentations as worthy examples of amongst Oxford and History’s best ’Untold stories’ that deserve to be told.
President, British Federation of Women Graduates
"The Bodleian Libraries are grateful to Pamela Roberts for convening a symposium full of ideas, debate, and drama.
These scholarly Exchanges bring archives to life."
Dr Alexandra Franklin, Coordinator of the Centre for the Study of the Book, the Bodleian Library, the University of Oxford
I recommend Black Oxford Untold Stories remain as a mouthpiece or advocate for black artists and authors who will not otherwise get the opportunity to tell their stories and showcase their talents. I will never forget my experience with Pamela Roberts who gave me the opportunity to appreciate what I do as a storyteller. Because of her inspiration, I still produce films in the Caribbean.
Managing Director/Film Producer at Iyanola Pictures
Through her exceptional work, Pamela has a skill in unearthing and bringing to life Black role models and introducing them to a wide audience in a very engaging and accessible way. This gift is clearly demonstrated when she unravels and reveals a hidden history of Black icons, such as Christian Frederick Cole, Britain’s first African Black Barrister. Furthermore, Roberts’ pioneering work to reveal a new narrative about Black students. Her work has great importance as it will permanently reshape and redefine the historical landscape, educating and celebrating the wealth of talent and helping to provide a platform to inspire a new generation of Black leaders.
Most importantly, Roberts’ work is key in ensuring Black contributions will not be airbrushed from history.
Operation Black Vote