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Official Website of Author and Historian
I am an award-winning Creative Producer, Historian, and author of Black Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University's Black Scholars (Signal Books, 2013). My work as Founder and Director of Black Oxford Untold Stories has raised the profile of many black scholars from the turn of the twentieth century. Black Oxford: Untold Stories™ - celebrates Oxford University's historical and contemporary Black scholars from the turn of the 20th century to the present day through the delivery of lecture programmes and creative projects.
I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library.
To learn more about me and my journey in researching and writing The Adventures of a Black Edwardian Intellectual - check out my blog, Following in the footsteps of Harley.
‘[Harley’s] was an extraordinary career that challenged stereotypes and tells untold stories. It is also a piece of fascinating historical detective work by Pamela Roberts, making it an addictive and thoroughly good read.’— Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy, University of Westminster
‘A fascinating and wondrously suggestive account that stimulates many critical questions about Black lives in the Edwardian Church. Roberts’ has a clear vision of the twists and turns of Harley’s life. An original and thought-provoking book.’—
Dr Ralph Norman Canterbury Christs Church University
‘Settling in Britain and after years of being stymied by the racism of the Anglican Church, Harley finally left and became deeply involved in politics in Leicestershire at the municipal and county levels. His growing radicalization (and popularity), especially after the 1926 General Strike, is one of the most intriguing aspects of his story.’— Professor Winston James
‘Well written, well researched, and a vital story to be told. First-class.
Dr Mary Shannon, University of Roehampton, London.
BBC History Magazine November 2022
A FIREY PRIEST AND POLYMATH
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
OF JAMES HARLEY
BOOKS ABOUT DEAD BLACK PEOPLE DON'T SELL
A great evening at the Biltmore Hotel, Mayfair, for the London book launch. Thank you to Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill and her fantastic team. George Ukachukwu for his portrayal of James Arthur Harley. Dr Clare Haynes for hosting the in-conversation, and Konya Kanneh-Mason for her beautiful recital.
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