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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/22/1942
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/22/1942
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Larry Gibson was born in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 1942. His mother was a domestic worker and cook and his father worked as a janitor. He earned his high school diploma from Baltimore City College High School in 1960, where he was the first African American class president, a member of the track team and drama club.

From 1960 to 1964, Gibson attended Howard University, where he organized his first political campaign for a female classmate who was running for Homecoming Queen. While at Howard, Gibson was student body president, chairperson of D.C. Students for Civil Rights and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In 1967, he earned his law degree from Columbia University in New York.

Between 1963 and 1970, Gibson worked as an associate for Brown, Allen, Dorsey and Josey. From 1969 to 1975, Gibson served on the Baltimore City School Board. In 1970, he became a partner at the firm he had been working at, Josey, Gibson, Allen and Mitchell, and a year later he handled the first of his many high profile cases, representing the Black Panther party in a murder case and winning. In 1972, Gibson became the first African American law professor at the University of Virginia, a post he held until 1974. Gibson then accepted a position at the University of Maryland law school as an associate professor. In 1977, he was named a full professor at Maryland, where he continues to teach civil procedure, evidence, election law and race and the law.

Gibson has also continued to be active in politics throughout his career. From 1977 to 1978, he served as associate deputy attorney general in the Carter Administration. From 1978 to 1979, Gibson served as Director of the National Economic Crimes Project. In 1987, Gibson helped mastermind Kurt Schmoke's campaign for mayor of Baltimore. He would serve as Schmoke's campaign manger for his 1991 and 1995 mayoral campaigns as well. In 2001, he served as campaign consultant and political advisor for the Ravalomanana for President of Madagascar campaign.

Gibson is currently working on an oral history project about Maryland's African American lawyers and writing a book on Thurgood Marshall's first four years of practicing law from 1933 to 1937. He is of counsel at Shapiro, Sher, Guinot and Sandler where he represents the World Umpires Association which includes all professional baseball umpires.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Larry Gibson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larry Gibson describes his mother and her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larry Gibson describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larry Gibson describes his earliest child memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larry Gibson recalls holiday traditions from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larry Gibson describes growing up in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larry Gibson describes growing up on Fulton Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland with his five siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larry Gibson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Larry Gibson talks about his experience at Coppin Demonstration School and Booker T. Washington Junior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Larry Gibson describes his experience as one of the first black students attending high school at Baltimore City College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Larry Gibson describes his high school teachers and decision to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larry Gibson describes his experience attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. and chairing D.C. Students for Civil Rights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson recalls the campaign he led for a homecoming queen at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larry Gibson explains his decision to attend Columbia University Law School in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larry Gibson describes working as an associate for Brown, Allen, Dorsey, and Josey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larry Gibson explains how he began teaching about race and law at the University of Maryland Francis King Cary School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larry Gibson recalls his service during President Jimmy Carter's administration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larry Gibson talks about managing the electoral campaigns of Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larry Gibson describes Kurt Schmoke's challenges as mayor of Baltimore during the 1980s and early 1990s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larry Gibson describes managing the campaign for President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Larry Gibson explains his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson remembers managing campaigns for homecoming queen at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larry Gibson details his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement in Washington, D.C. and his friendship with Stokely Carmichael
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larry Gibson details his extracurricular activities and involvement with Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larry Gibson recalls his influences at Howard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larry Gibson explains his decision to attend Columbia University Law School in New York City, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larry Gibson reflects on his activism and influences at Columbia University Law School in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larry Gibson recounts his decision to return to Baltimore, Maryland to practice law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larry Gibson explains his decision to join the African American Baltimore law firm Brown Allen, Dorsey, and Josey in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson explains his involvement in the 1971 "Bag of Bones" case and related civil rights cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larry Gibson describes his experience teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Larry Gibson describes his return to Baltimore when he joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Larry Gibson recalls his he appointment as U.S. associate deputy attorney general during the Carter administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Larry Gibson remembers his work as vice-chair of the National Security Council counter intelligence working group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Larry Gibson describes his work with the National Economic Crime Project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Larry Gibson talks about HistoryMaker Kurt Schmoke's first mayoral campaign and election in Baltimore in 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Larry Gibson remembers campaigning for HistoryMaker Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke's re-elections in 1991 and 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Larry Gibson explains the importance of a good slogan and striking design in an effective political campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson describes his work as a campaign consultant for President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Larry Gibson describes his work as a campaign consultant for President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Larry Gibson recalls winning recognition for Marc Ravalomanana's government in Madagascar from the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Larry Gibson talks about his book 'Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Larry Gibson talks about researching the history of Maryland's African American lawyers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Larry Gibson explains why he never wanted to run for office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Larry Gibson describes the two courses he teaches at The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Larry Gibson explains the most important civil rights cases in Maryland history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Larry Gibson describes working of counsel to Shapiro, Sher, Guinot & Sandler
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Larry Gibson reflects on his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Larry Gibson talks about the 2004 presidential election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Larry Gibson describes the 2004 voter registration campaign that he led in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Larry Gibson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Larry Gibson narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Larry Gibson narrates his photographs, pt. 2