A Free Veteran's Day Lecture hosted by the Alexandria Black History Museum
Please call 703.746.4356 to make reservations.
Join author, lecturer, and historian of the African Diaspora, C.R. Gibbs in a probing examination of African American men and women and their roles in the First World War, also known as the "Great War." He will chronicle their struggle to get the right to fight, their battlefield heroism, their matchless optimism in the face of blistering racism stateside and overseas, as well as how their courage and resolve began an assault on the bastions of Jim Crow that ignited the modern civil rights movement. In addition, he will highlight the contributions of black Americans from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. With a host of rare maps, priceless photographs, and a perspective honed by years of intense study, Gibbs will reveal new and little-known personalities and largely-forgotten events in his lecture.
C.R. Gibbs is the author/coauthor 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, French and Belgian television, and wrote, researched and narrated "Sketches in Color,a 13-part companion series to the PBS series, "The Civil War," for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station. The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, features Gibbs among its scholars at the museum's Online Academy website. In 1989, he founded the African History and Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations at libraries, churches, and other locations in the Washington-Baltimore area. In 1997, he led 26 people across Africa. 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.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, in the Parker-Gray Historic District. The Museum is five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow or Blue lines. Street parking is available. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org .