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Sam Sharpe Project

Sam Sharpe was a Baptist deacon and enslaved person who played an important role in the ‘Great Jamaican Slave Revolt’ of 1831-2. He was one of the leaders of a group of enslaved people who took part in a ‘sit-down strike’ against slavery and was executed, together with more than 500 others.

The Revolt is recognised by historians and theologians as having a powerful influence on the process leading to the abolition of slavery, and Sam Sharpe is honoured as a national hero in Jamaica. His actions were clearly motivated by his faith and by his reading of scripture; he is reported to have said, ‘In reading my Bible, I found that the white man had no more right to make a slave of me than I have to make a slave of a white man’. He remains a witness to the principle of ‘liberation from below’: making their own freedom and justice, rather than simply having it granted to them by those who have power and authority.

The Sam Sharpe Project was set up in 2012 by the Jamaican Baptist Union in partnership with the Heart of England Baptist Association, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Northern Baptist Learning Community, BMS World Mission and our Union. 

Its aims are to:
  • Encourage the growth of mission-centred churches and associations able to engage with our contemporary multicultural society

  • Support the Racial Justice working group as it creates fresh resources based on the six recommendations of The Journey

  • Develop the potential of black and ethnic minority leaders, and prepare some for Baptist ministry and scholarship in Baptist colleges

  • Encourage Baptist colleges, associations and churches to engage with black and Asian history, culture and theology

  • Research the historical and theological legacy of Sam Sharpe and to reflect on the impact of this and other related stories for Baptist Christians in the 21st century


Third Annual Sam Sharpe Lecture
This year's lecture will be given in Bristol by Dr Delroy Reid Salmon on Wednesday 15 October.  Click here for more information, and booking.

For more information about the project, see the
Sam Sharpe website.
 
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