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

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum features Gibbs on its Online Academy website. He is also a D.C. Humanities Council scholar. In 1989, he founded the African History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars provide free presentations at libraries, churches, and other locations in the Washington-Baltimore area.

In 1997, he led 26 people across the African continent. He won the 2008 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Public Education, given annually by the Mayor of the District of Columbia. 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.

In 2011, he provided historical commentary for WUSA-TV, Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the King Memorial. In February 2013, he also appeared in the PBS documentary, Meet Me at Equality on the 1963 March on Washington. That same year, Gibbs also spoke at the annual observance of International Emancipation Day in Toronto, Canada.

In 2014, the National Civil War Project featured Gibbs as a speaker at an event sponsored by Arena Stage and George Washington University. Also in 2014, the Washington Informer newspaper chose Gibbs as one of the 50 most influential people in Washington, D.C.

Recent Media Appearances

Print - Port Of Harlem

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

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

02/07/2013 - 02/20/13
The Way We Were: The Emancipation proclamation in the DMV

05/30/13 - 06/12/13
A Rare account of Nat Turner's Rebellion

07/11/13 – 07/24/13
The Unheralded Black presence at the Battle of Gettysburg

02/06/14 - 02/19/14
Africans’ Role in the First World War

09/04/14 - 09/17/14
African Americans & WW 1

02/05/15 - 02/18/15
Young, Black, & Presumed Guilty:
The Historical Burden of Being Prejudged a Menace to Society

11/12/15 - 11/25/15
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 1 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners

Print - Other

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

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

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

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


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

August 2013
WHUT-TV Special Meet Me at Equality

July 12, 2014
Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks
(click Video Playlist on the right)

November 20, 2013
Post Panel Discussion on Family & Memory (premiere of Ada M. Babineaux's documentary, I Don' Been Through The Snake's Skin & Come Out Clean), WDC

June 19, 2015
WUSA-TV Juneteenth, After Charleston Massacre  

Sep 12, 2015
Zindagi 360 (Life 360)
- The Voice of America's Urdu TV - Pakistan (Gibbs start about 18:45 minutes into the show)


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.

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

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)

March 10,
C.R. Gibbs Speaks to the Civil War Roundtable of DC on the 1st Regiment United States
Colored Troops

Dec 22, 2014
WAMU The “Great War” – Historic Moments, Forgotten Fighters



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

2015 - African History and Culture Lecture Series at:

Location and Hours:
DC Public Library

Charles County Library

Prince George's, MD Library's Greenbelt Branch
all Prince George's, MD Libraries
or otherwise noted

Most Lectures by CR Gibbs | Free admission

Tue, Nov 24, 7p
Carter G. Woodson's Washington
Capitol View Library
5001 Central Ave, SE
CR Gibbs

Sat, Nov 28, 11a
Science in Ancient & Medieval Africa
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M St, NW
CR Gibbs

Sun, Nov 29, 9a
Science in Ancient & Medieval Africa
Shiloh Baptist Church
9th & P Sts, NW
CR Gibbs



Wed, Feb. 3, 7p
A Season of Remembrance:
A Survey of African American Sacred Place & Spaces
Woodridge Interim Library
1790 Douglas St NE
CR Gibbs

Wed, Feb 10, 7p
John Henrik Clark: High Priest of Black History
Woodridge Interim Library
1790 Douglas St NE
CR Gibbs

Wed, Feb. 17, 7p
Black Explorers: 2300 BC to the Present
Woodridge Interim Library
1790 Douglas St NE
CR Gibbs