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:
Tue, Sep 19, 7p
To Go Boldly: Black Explorers,Past & Present
Tue, Sep 26, 7p
Benjamin Banneker & The African Roots of His Science.
Wed, Sep 27, 7p
The Underground Railroad in the Nation's Capital.
Tue, Oct 3, 7p
Haiti & the American Civil War
Wed, Oct 4, 7p
Against All Flags: The True Story of Black Pirates, Past & Present
Tue, Oct 10, 7p
The Scramble for Africa in the 21st Century
Wed, Oct 11, 7p
Stride Toward Justice: African Americans in the Nation's Capital, 1865-201
Tue, Oct 17, 7p
Racial Images in American Film
Wed, Oct 18, 7p
Demonsgate: The Origins of the International Drug Trade.
Tue, Oct.24, 7p
Warriors With Words: How the Early Black Press & the Freedom Narratives Fought Slavery & Won.
Wed, Oct 25, 7p
The African Origins of Christianity.
Wed, Nov 1, 7p
We Dance To Survive. An African dance presentation w/Tyrone Woods & Co.
Tue, Nov 7, 7p (cancelled)
African American Fashion Designers, 1870s - Present.
Rosemary Reed Miller - RIP
Wed, Nov 8, 7p
The United States of Hate: From Jim Crow & the Klan to the Alt-Right of the 21st Century.
Tue, Nov 14, 7p
A Matter of Injustice:Mass Incarceration & Its Effects on African American Families.
Tue, Nov 21, 7p
Genius of Command:Noted African Generals From the Nile to the Niger
Up the Rough side of the Mountain: African Americans & Organized Labor
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.
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
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
Urban Renewal, Negro Removal
September 12, 2015
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
The Voice of America's Urdu TV - Pakistan (Gibbs start about 18:45 minutes into the show)
Zindagi 360 (Life 360)
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
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)?