The evening will begin with the screening of the film Christian Frederick Cole, followed by a presentation.
Pamela Roberts' lecture will illustrate how Cole’s life intersected the complex intertwining of education, politics, and race in the early 20th century.
His impetus in travelling 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 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.