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CR Gibbs
CR Gibbs
CR Gibbs 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.

In 2015, "Zindagi 360," a fast-paced lifestyle and entertainment show that the Voice of America aims at young Pakistanis, featured a presentation by Gibbs


2023 - African History and Culture Lecture Series at:
Location and Hours:
DC Public Library
Charles County Library
Prince George's, MD Library

Most Lectures by CR Gibbs | Free admission
From Jamestown to Freedom: A Journey Unfinished
Fri, Jan 20,7p
Meeting ID: 977 0442 3975
Passcode: 098939
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,97704423975#,,,,*098939# US (Washington DC)
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Media Appearances 

Port Of Harlem

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

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

February 07 - February 20, 2013
The Way We Were: The Emancipation proclamation in the DMV

May 30 - June 12, 2012
A Rare account of Nat Turner's Rebellion

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

February 06 - February 19, 2014
Africans’ Role in the First World War

September 04 - September 17, 2011
African Americans & WW 1

February 05 - February 18, 2015
Young, Black, & Presumed Guilty:
The Historical Burden of Being Prejudged a Menace to Society

November 12 - November 25, 2015
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 1 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners

December 24, 2015 - January 06, 2016
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 2 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners - The Indian Wars & The Interim Period

February 04 - February 17, 2016
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 3 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners - The Spanish-American War & World War I

April 14 - April 27, 2016
Book Review: The Roughest Riders

June 09 - June 22, 2016
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 4 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners – World War II & Korean War

August 04 - August 17, 2016
Black, Brave, & Bold Part 5 - African American Congressional Medal of Honor Winners - Vietnam War To The Present

September 01 - September 14, 2016
Black Men Who Used Guns to Solve America’s Race Problem – Part 1

September 29 - October 12, 2016
Black Men Who Used Guns to Solve America’s Race Problem – Part 2

January 19 - February 01, 2017
Black Men Who Used Guns to Solve America’s Race Problem – Part 3

May 25 – June 7, 2017
Forgotten Milestone: The 150th Anniversary of the First Black Vote in D.C.

June 07 - June 20, 2017
"Affrilachia?" - Yes, There are Black People in the Land of Mountains, Moonshine, and Coal Mines

August 1 – August 14, 2019
Jamestown: The 400th Anniversary, Relevance, Reflections, Myths, & Truths

July 02 – July 15, 2020
The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, the Nation’s Capital, and the Making of Charles Drew

October 22 – November 04, 2020
Black Voter Suppression, Then and Now

December 03 – December 16, 2020
The Hidden Black History of the Electoral College

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Other Publications

Southern Maryland News - Introducing Everyday Women Who Helped Change America

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
Galludet University - Gibbs recounts path from slavery to emancipation in D.C. at Galludet University

April 15, 2017
Washington Post
D.C. Emancipation Day: 3,000 slaves in the nation?s capital cried and cheered when they learned they were freed

February 2019
The Baltimore Sun - For Black History month, Laurel Library hosts historian C.R. Gibbs

April 13, 2019
WTOP - The First Blow Against the Edifice of Slavery: DC’s Emancipation Day, and Why it Matters Now

February 26, 2020
The Greenbelt News Review - Women Led the Way to Polls: Gibbs Recalls Their Struggles

April 6, 2020
The Nation - Since Emancipation, the United States Has Refused to Make Reparations for Slavery

June 18, 2020
Juneteenth celebrates ?a moment of indescribable joy?: Slavery's end in Texas

June 19, 2020
National Geographic
Remembering ‘Red Summer,’ when white mobs massacred Blacks from Tulsa to D.C.

July 15, 2020
Street Sense - The 1918 Pandemic, the Nation’s Capital, and the Making of Charles Drew

DC Emancipation Day
A Historical Overview of DC Emancipation

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

Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Black Service Members in WWI

June 17, 2020
WAMU- Washington, DC
Juneteenth’s History In The Washington Region

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

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

March 10, 2015
C.R. Gibbs Speaks on the 1st Regiment United States Colored Troops
Civil War Roundtable of DC

October 27, 2017
The Hard Road to Ending Slavery in Maryland

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August 22, 2017
The “People of Color” Label: Is It Time To Move The Needle (Again)?

Mon, Apr 4, 2022
DC Compensated Emancipation Act – (13 min) President Lincoln freed the enslaved African April 16, 1862, less than a year before the Emancipation Proclamation – the enslaved where not compensated, owners received up to $300 for each freeperson. WPFW’s Amara Evening interviews CR Gibbs and William Jones.

January 14, 2018
African Americans From Maryland in World War 1

June 19, 2018
Juneteenth celebrations mark triumph over slavery in Civil War

July 23, 2018
The New Learning Curve

August 24, 2018
50th Anniversary of Historic Fort Hood Rebellion of Black GIs

August 22, 2019
Make Change Radio - Channel 37 - Fairfax, VA
Jamestown: The 400th Anniversary, Relevance, Reflections, Myths, & Truths

October 29, 2020
Port Of Harlem Talk Radio
Black Voter Suppression, Then and Now

Nov 04 – Nov 17, 2021
Frederick Douglass in Africa, Part 1

Nov 18 – Dec 1, 2021
Frederick Douglass in Africa, Part 2
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Video - Race Today

August 23, 2020
RaceToday: Voter Suppression Podcast w/CR Gibbs as Moderator

September 23, 2020
Africa, Enslavement, and the Making of Black American Culture

October 25, 2020
RaceToday! Elections

November 6, 2020
African American Military Experience - 2020 Commemoration
Veterans Committee of Central Virginia.

November 29, 2020
Post Election 2020 Podcast: A Panel Discussion

March 27, 2021
Forgotten Kingdoms and Empires of Africa

April 15, 2021
Becoming Douglass Commonwealth: From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy (CR Gibbs start around 12:18)

Apr 25, 2021
RaceToday! Education Podcast

Jun 27, 2021
RaceToday!-George Floyd-Part II

Sep 26, 2021
Podcast-Generational Wealth

Oct 24, 2021
RaceToday! Podcast-Black Business Owners

Nov 29, 2021
RaceToday! Podcast-Intergenerational Trauma

Jan 31, 2022
RaceToday! Colorism and its Impact on African-Americans

Feb 27, 2022
RaceToday! Podcast Black History & Culture

June 26, 2022
Race Today! Black Fathers

Aug 28, 2022
RaceToday! Podcast-Black Health

Sep 25, 2022
RaceToday! Black Pastors

Nov 30, 2022
Budgeting and Financial Wellness

Feb 28, 2023
RaceToday! Seasoned Black Marriage

Apr 30, 2023
RaceToday!-Black Justice

Sep 11, 2023
Back to School
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Video - All Others

Georgetown, DC History co-narrated by C.R. Gibbs
Urban Renewal, Negro Removal

August 2013
WHUT-TV Special
Meet Me at Equality July 12, 2014
Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks

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

June 19, 2015
Juneteenth, After Charleston Massacre
September 12, 2015
The Voice of America's Urdu TV - Pakistan (Gibbs start about 18:45 minutes into the show)
Zindagi 360 (Life 360)

February14, 2016
Jim Crow Freedoms Deferred CH50 - Washington, DC

June 10, 2016
Zip Trip Anacostia: The History of the Neighborhood

February 26, 2017
North Star to Freedom
Channel 50 documentary with Gibbs' commentary

February 24, 2018
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Channel 50 Living Black History WDCW's 2018 Black History Month Special

October 18, 2018
Discussion From the Mary Church Terrell Documentary Screening
Founders Library, Howard University

April 16, 2019
Crusade for Liberty
We Act Radio

June 19, 2019
The Significance of Juneteenth
Good Morning Washington (GMW) ABC7 WJLA-TV

February 15, 2020
Serving While Black (parts at opening and around 8 minutes)
WDC Channel 50

June 27, 2020
Black Wall Street

May 3, 2021
Abraham Lincoln Institute Online Lincoln Symposium

Oct 11, 2021
Sunday Evening with Rev. Sue: Voter Suppression

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