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C.R. Gibbs

Carroll "C.R." Gibbs contributes to

Port of Harlem's "Praising the Past" department.

He is the author/coauthor of six books and frequent national and
international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, French and Belgian television, and wrote, researched and narrated "Sketches in Color," a 13-part companion series to the PBS series, "The Civil War," for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station.

The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture features Gibbs among its scholars at the museum's Online academy website.  In 1989, he founded the African History and Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations at libraries, churches, and other locations in the Washington-Baltimore area. In 1997, he led 26 people across Africa.

In 2009, the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored Gibbs for his more than three decades of articles, exhibits and presentations on the military heritage of Africans and African Americans.


Recent articles

Introducing Everyday Women Who Helped
Change America
(article from SoMdNews on Gibbs)

Video Urban Renewal, Negro Removal (Georgetown, DC History) Co-narrated by
C.R. Gibbs

The History Channel - How The States Got Their Shapes. C.R. Gibbs and D.C. Shadow Representative Mike Panetta talk about the District's borders and voting rights.

The Washington post - C.R. Gibbs helps to judge the annual Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest

November 2011 - April 2011 print Issue
Blacks and the Sport of Kings

The Washington post - Kwanzaa’s values a growing part of D.C. congregation’s
cultural fabric

The Washington Informer -
Researcher Opens Window to Lost History

June 14, 2012 - 06/27/12
The War of 1812: a Black Bicentennial perspective

September 18, 2012
Gallludet University - Gibbs recounts path from slavery to emancipation in D.C. at Gallaudet University.

February 7, 2013 - 02/20/13
The Way We Were: The Emancipation proclamation in the DMV

May 30, 2013 - 06/12/13
A Rare account of Nat Turner's Rebellion

June 19, 2013
Joe Madison Show - SiriusXM (Talks about Juneteenth)

July 11 – July 24, 2013
The Unheralded Black presence at the Battle of Gettysburg

August 2013
WHUT-TV Special Meet Me at Equality

February 6 - February 19, 2013
Africans’ Role in the First World War


2014 On Freedom's Trail Bus Tour

Sat, Mar 8; Sat, Apr 26; Sat, May 10, and Sat, Jun 14,10:30a. - 2p, free

Anacostia Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020

reservations: 202-633-4300

(for ages 16 to adult) What was it like for black Americans living in the area in December 1862? War had come, and no city south of the Mason-Dixon Line except Washington, D.C., enjoyed the spirit of freedom for all of its citizens.

Join historian C.R. Gibbs in examining examples of Black enterprise, organization, and community spirit in the District, Alexandria in Virginia, and Prince George's County in Maryland.


SiriusXM Radio Shows

(To listen: Click a link below and at the top of the page that opens, click the Forward icon)

Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Black Service Members in WWI
Makes Unassailable Argument For Young People To Urgently Study Black History


2014 - 2015 African History and Culture Lecture Series

at the DC public Library's Woodbridge Branch or Capitol View Branch,

Prince George's, MD Library's Greenbelt Branch,
a branch of the Charles County Library System, or

otherwise noted

Most Lectures by CR Gibbs | Free admission

Tue, Mar 11, 7p
MLK,Jr. Library
9th & G Sts NW
Harriet Tubman:
In Celebration of a Soldier
CR Gibbs & Others

Sat, Mar 15, 11a
PD Brown Library
Charles County,MD
Bold Soul Sisters: Black Women
Activists of the 19th & 20th Centuries
CR Gibbs

Tue, Mar 25, 6p
Benning Library
3935 Benning Rd NE
Great Black Women
CR Gibbs

Sun, Mar 30, 9a
Shiloh Baptist Church
9th & P Sts NW
The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses CR Gibbs

Thu, Apr 10, 8a
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Brentwood Road: Highway To History
CR Gibbs

Fri, Apr 11, 2p
Frederick Douglass Home
14th & W Sts SE
Twelve Years A Slave:
Solomon Northup's Washington
CR Gibbs


Tue, Apr 15, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Crossroad of Destiny: World War 1
& The African Diaspora
CR Gibbs

Tue, Apr 29, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Twelve Years A Slave:
Solomon Northup's Washington
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 13, 7p
Greenbelt Library
African Americans Teens
in the Civil Rights Movement
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 20, 7p
Greenbelt Library African
Origins of Christianity
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 27, 7p
Greenbelt Library
The Secret History of Juneteenth
CR Gibbs

Sat, Jun 21, 2p
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Rd
Black Beauty: The African Roots of Fashion & Style