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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Work Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Banana Split
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
Can You Believe It?

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1933
Birth Location:
Stratford, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Work Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Banana Split
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
Can You Believe It?

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1933
Birth Location:
Stratford
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Biography

Jewelle Taylor Gibbs is a noted author, clinical psychologist, college professor and member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee in California. She was born on November 4, 1933, to Margaret Morris and the Reverend Julian A. Taylor.

Gibbs grew up in Connecticut and in 1951 graduated from Ansonia High School. Gibbs attended Radcliffe College, graduating cum laude in 1955. She went on to study at the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration, earning a certificate with distinction in 1959. Gibbs went to work at the Pillsbury Company that same year and stayed there until 1961.

In 1970, Gibbs graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an M.S.W. From 1970 to 1975, she worked as a clinical social worker at Stanford University. Gibbs then continued her pursuit of education, receiving an M.A. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in psychology in 1980 from Berkeley. Gibbs began her teaching career in 1979 as a professor at the School of Social Welfare and also at Berkeley. Gibbs became the first African American professor appointed to an endowed chair in the University of California system as the Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice at Berkeley.

Gibbs is a regular commentator on issues relating to youth violence, adolescence, urban education, affirmative action, police misconduct and racial profiling – particularly as they affect the African American community. Gibbs is the author of numerous books on high-profile issues, including Preserving Privilege: California Politics, Propositions, and People of Color; Children of Color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse Youth; and Race and Justice: Rodney King and O.J. Simpson in a House Divided. She also edited Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species. She is a sought-after speaker across the country and has delivered lectures in Canada, England, Japan, Hawaii and South Africa. Gibbs is married to James Lowell Gibbs, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her father's career as a minister in the Baptist Church
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about her paternal uncles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recounts her mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs contrasts her mother's life to the lives of her aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs shares her earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes the black community in Stratford, Connecticut during her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about growing up with a minister as a father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes Stratford, Connecticut in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about the search for her mother's sister, Grace
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes meeting her Aunt Grace and cousins for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her current relationship with her cousins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recalls the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recalls the sights and sounds of church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes the Baptist Church she attended as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her parent's messages about race
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs reflects upon the value placed on lighter skin color
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes the responsibilities of being the oldest child in her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs lists her schools from elementary school through her graduate degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses the racial composition of Ansonia High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recalls prejudice in junior high school and breaking barriers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about her decision to attend Radcliffe College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes the racial composition of Radcliffe College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes the class culture of Radcliffe College in the early 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recalls fighting against segregation at Radcliffe College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recounts taking the junior management intern program exam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about spending eighteen months in Liberia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs explains her decision to earn a certificate from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses confronting racial prejudice on the job market in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about working in marketing at the Pillsbury Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes Civil Rights and politics in Minneapolis in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recalls returning to Liberia in 1965 and then moving to Palo Alto, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs recounts earning her Masters of Social Work at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her work as a therapist at Stanford's Student Mental Health Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about earning her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley and being hired as a tenured track professor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about student unrest at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her research interest in how inner city black students navigated culture shock at elite colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her research on racial patterns of delinquency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs advises black youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her first book
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs contrasts social problems during her childhood to contemporary issues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her book "Children of Color"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses the significance of "Children of Color"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses raising minority youth to be bicultural
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes connecting her research on Rodney King and O.J. Simpson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her research on the O.J. Simpson trial for her book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs reflects upon the reception of her book about O.J. Simpson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses why she wrote her book "Preserving Privilege"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs discusses her research for "Preserving Privilege"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs shares her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs talks about her family's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs describes her photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jewelle Taylor Gibbs narrates her photographs