C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

Francis A. Gregory LibraryBellevue (William O. Lockridge) LibraryBenning (Dorothy I. Height) LibraryDeanwood LibraryGeorgetown LibraryLamond-Riggs LibraryMt. Pleasant LibraryTakoma Park Library

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of 2018 African American History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver presentations at the Mount Pleasant, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Georgetown, Francis A. Gregory, Lamond-Riggs, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue, Takoma Park and Deanwood neighborhood libraries in February 2018.

The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

In addition to preparing television scripts on African American history for D.C. schools, WETA-TV and WHUR FM Radio, Mr. Gibbs has served as a technical advisor on the film American Years, and has appeared on the History Channel, French and Belgian television.

Mr. Gibbs is best known for researching, writing and narrating Sketches to Color, a 13-part companion series to the PBS series, The Civil War.

He is the author of numerous books that include Black Explorers (1992)Black Inventors from Africa to America: Two Million Years of Invention and Innovation (1995) and Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment (2002). He also writes a regular column for the Port of Harlem Magazine.

In 2009, the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans' Braintrust acknowledged him for his more than 30 years of articles, exhibits and lectures on the military heritage of Africans and African Americans.

Mr. Gibbs can be occasionally heard on blog talk radio 3rd EYE OPEN and is a featured speaker in the Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Lectures series.

You do not want to miss the following lectures:
  • Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Monday, Feb. 5: "The District's Black Dough-boys during World War I"
  • Georgetown Library, Thursday, Feb. 8: "Crusade for Liberty: Frederick Douglass, the Civil War, & DC Emancipation"
  • Francis A. Gregory Library, Monday, Feb. 12:  "Black Metropolis: Great African Cities, Their Founding and Evolution"
  • Lamond-Riggs Library, Thursday,  Feb. 15:  "A Dawn Like Thunder: Africa, Black America, & World War II"
  • Deanwood Library, Tuesday, Feb. 20:  "Benjamin Banneker and the African Roots of His Science"
  • Takoma Park, Thursday, Feb. 22:  "Undaunted Courage: African Americans & World War I"
  • William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Monday, Feb. 26:  "Kush and Axum: Grand Kingdoms of the Nile"