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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

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


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, 2015
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

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, Apr 7, 7p
Greenbelt Library
To Go Boldly: The History of Black Exploration
CR Gibbs

Sat, Apr 11, 10a- 12p
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Avenue, NW
DC Emancipation Commemoration Wreath Laying
CR Gibbs

Sat, Apr 11, 2p- 4:30p
Frederick Douglass National Historical Site
1411 W Street, SE
Death or Freedom: The End of the Civil War
and Reconstruction
CR Gibbs

Tue, Apr 14, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Harriet Tubman's Homegirl
Lavonda Broadnax

Tue, Apr 21, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Death or Freedom: The End of the Civil War & The Coming of Reconstruction
CR Gibbs

Tue, Apr 28, 7p
Greenbelt Library
A Dawn Like Thunder: Africa, Black America, & World War II (70th Anniversary).
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 5, 7p
Greenbelt Library
African Americans in the Old West
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 12, 7p
Greenbelt Library
A Season of Courage: Black & White Southerners Who Fought for the Union in the Civil War
Asa Gordon


Tue, May 19, 7p
Greenbelt Library
Black Genealogy 101
CR Gibbs

Tue, May 26, 7p
Greenbelt Library
The Civil War Defenses of Anacostia: Sentinels of Freedom, The Forgotten Story.
CR Gibbs

Sat, Mar 28, 2p
Cottage City MD City Hall
3820 40th Ave
African American Heroines
of the Civil War
CR Gibbs

Sat, May 30, 1030a
African Americans & World War 1
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
CR Gibbs

Sat, May 30, 2p
South Bowie Library
15301 Hall Rd
On The Cutting Room Floor:The Image of The Black Female in American Film
CR Gibbs

Thu, Apr 2, 1p
DC Dept of Health
899 N. Capitol St NE, 4th Floor
Solomon Northup's Washington -
12 Years A Slave
CR Gibbs