C. R. Gibbs Black History Month Lecture Series

c.r.gibbs photoNoted, local, award-winning historian international lecturer, author, and historian of the African Diaspora C.R. Gibbs will present five lectures and presentations for Black History Month at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library.

C.R. Gibbs is also among the scholars that the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum featured on its Online Academy. In addition to being a DC Community Humanities scholar, he prepared video scripts on Black History for DC Public Schools and WHUR-FM Radio. He has conducted research on Black Civil War Units as well as served as technical adviser to the Frances Thompson company on a film entitled American Years.  He has written numerous books, most notably Black Explorers, Black Inventors: from Africa to America and Friends of Frederick Douglas, a children’s book. His articles have appeared in numerous respected journals, including the Negro History Bulletin and African American Inventors.


African History and  Culture Lecture Series

Feb. 1, 2012
"Beyond Good Hair: The African Roots of Fashion & Style"

Feb. 8, 2012
"White Slaves in Africa: The Untold Story"

Feb. 15,2012
"Carter G.  Woodson's Washington"

Feb. 22, 2012
"Justice Denied: The Roots of the Reparations Movement"

Feb. 29, 2012
"America's Forgotten Conflict: Blacks & the War of 1812, A Bicentennial Perspective"

Gibbs is the author of several books, including Black, Copper and Bright, Black Scientists and Inventors and Black Georgetown. The following titles are available from the District of Columbia Public Library.



book cover black copper and goldBlack, Copper, and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment









book cover inventorsBlack Inventors : from Africa to America : Two Million Years of Invention and Innovation











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Black Georgetown Remembered : A History of Its Black Community From the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day








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Black Explorers