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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
2017 - African History and Culture Lecture Series at:
Location and Hours:
DC Public Library
Charles County Library
Prince George's, MD Library's

Most Lectures by CR Gibbs | Free admission
Wed, Feb 14, Noon
African Americans & WW1
US Dept of Education
CR Gibbs

Wed, Feb 14, 7p
Military Service & the Paradox of Loyalty: Blacks in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Woodbridge, DC Library
CR Gibbs

Thu, Feb, 15, 2p
Black Georgetown Remembered
Leisure World, Silver Spring,MD
CR Gibbs

Thu, Feb 15, 7p
Africa, Black America, & WWII
Lamond Riggs Library
CR Gibbs

Tue, Feb 20, 7p
Benjamin Banneker & The African Roots of His Science
Deanwood Library
CR Gibbs

Tue, Feb 20, 7p
The Electoral College: Affirmative Action for White Supremacy
Greenbelt Library
Asa Gordon

Wed, Feb 21, 7p
Pan-Africanism: Origins & Issues
Woodridge Library
CR Gibbs

Thu, Feb 22, 7p
African Americans & WW1
Takoma Park Library
CR Gibbs

Sun, Feb 25, 2p
2nd Baptist Church
816 St, NW
Underground Railroad in the Nation's Capital
CR Gibbs

Sun, Feb 25, 7p
United States of Hate:
From Jim Crow & the Klan to the
Alt-Right of the 21st Century
Dignity Washington
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
CR Gibbs

Mon, Feb 26, 7p
Kush & Axum,Great Kingdoms of the Nile
Lockridge/Bellevue Library
CR Gibbs

Tue, Feb 27, 7p
African Americans & WW1
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs

Wed, Feb 28, 7p
Africa, Enslavement, & The Shaping of Black American Culture
Woodridge Library
CR Gibbs

Sun. Mar 4, 9am
Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church
5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave
The District's Black Doughboys of World War 1
CR Gibbs

Tue, Mar 5, 7p
Great African Cities
Greenbelt Library
CR Gibbs

Sun, Mar 11, 3pm
Takoma Park Library
416 Cedar St NW
Underground Railroad in the Nation's Capital
CR Gibbs

Mon, Mar 12, 7p
Lost Kingdoms & Ancient Mysteries of Africa
Capitol View BC
5201 Ames St NE
CR Gibbs<

Mon, Mar 26, 7p
Black Inventors: From Africa To America
Capitol View BC
5201 Ames St NE
CR Gibbs

Mon, Apr 9, 7p
The Underground Railroad in DC
Capitol View BC
5201 Ames St NE
CR Gibbs

Mon, Apr 23, 7p
Africa, Black America, & WWII
Capitol View BC 
5201 Ames St NE
CR Gibbs

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.

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


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


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

Makes Unassailable Argument For Young People To Urgently Study Black History

June 19, 2013
Talks about Juneteenth
Joe Madison Show

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 14, 2018 (to be aired)
African Americans From Maryland in World War 1

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