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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)

July 12, 2014
Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks

(click Video Playlist on the right)

September 4 - September 17, 2014
African Americans & WW 1



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

Mon, Sep 22, 11a
DC Community College, Rm. 709
N. Capitol & H Sts, NW
History of Blacks in DC
CR Gibbs

Tue, Sep 23, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Justice Denied: The Roots of the Reparations Movement
Asa Gordon

Tues, Sep 23, 9:30a
Georgetown University - Healy Hall
37th & O Sts, NW
African Americans in Georgetown
CR Gibbs

Thu, Sep 25, 3:30p
DC Community College, Rm. 607
N. Capitol & H Sts, NW
History of African Cities
CR Gibbs

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

Tue, Oct 7, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Knights Templar/Crusades/Moors In Spain
Sam El-Amin


Wed, Nov 19, 7p
Woodridge Interim Library
1790 Douglas St NE
Brentwood Road: Highway To History
CR Gibbs

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

Mon, Nov 10, 630p
MLK Jr Library, 3rd flr
9th & G Sts NW
Georgia Ave& The Civil War:
The African American Story
CR Gibbs
Tue, Nov 18, 7p
Ancient Nubia: Black Lords of the Nile
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs

Sat, Dec 6, 11a
Waldorf West Library
Charles County, MD
Africa, Black America, & WW II
CR Gibbs