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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

June 9, 2014
Make It Plain - SiriusXM (Talks African American Soldiers and the D-Day Invasion:
70 Years Later & the Truth Ain't Being Told)


2014 On Freedom's Trail Bus Tour

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

Sat, Jul 12, 10a-noon
Battle of Ft. Stevens
150th Anniversary Commemoration
Ft. Stevens (btwn GA Ave & 13th Sts, NW)
CR Gibbs

Tue.  Sep 16, 7p
Greenbelt Library
The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses
CR Gibbs
Tue, Sep 23, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Justice Denied: The Roots of the Reparations Movement
Asa Gordon

Tue, Sep 30, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Afro-American Fashion Designers, 1800-Today
Rosemary Reed-Miller

Tue, Oct 7, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Knight Templar
Sam El-Amin


Tue, Oct 14, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Pan-Africanism: Origins & Issues
CR Gibbs
Tue, Oct 21, 7p
American Slavery As It Really Was:
Voices of the Ancestors
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs
Tue, Oct 28, 7p
Tangled Web: "Race, Urban Renewal &
Gentrification in the Nation's Capital”
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs
Tue, Nov 18, 7p
Ancient Nubia: Black Lords of the Nile
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs