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Truman K. Gibson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Presidential Advisor
Boxing Promoter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece, West Indies
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1912
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Presidential Advisor
Boxing Promoter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece, West Indies
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1912
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Lawyer, boxing promoter and entrepreneur Truman K. Gibson, Jr. was born on January 22, 1912 in Atlanta, Georgia. In an effort to flee the race-related violence of the South, the Gibson family relocated to Columbus, Ohio in the early 1920s. Truman Gibson, Jr. attended Columbus' predominantly white East High School. He went on to study political science at the University of Chicago where he roomed with Benjamin O. Davis, the first Black general in the Air Force. After graduating in 1932, Gibson remained at the University of Chicago to pursue a law degree, which he received in 1935.

From 1935 to 1940, Gibson practiced law in Chicago. In 1940, he became the assistant to William H. Hastie, aide to U.S. Secretary of War Henry Stimson. In 1943, Gibson became aide to Henry Stimson. Gibson was then appointed to President Harry S. Truman's Advisory Committee on Universal Military Training in 1946. The committee's findings greatly influenced President Truman's landmark decision to desegregate the military. In 1947, Gibson became the first African American to be honored with the Medal of Merit Award for Civilians.

After helping Joe Louis with tax problems in 1949, Gibson took on the role of director and secretary of Joe Louis Enterprises and entered the word of professional boxing as a manager and promoter. He was the first black boxing promoter and Secretary of the International Boxing Club. In 1959, Gibson became one of the three original directors of the Chicago-based National Boxing Enterprises, the company that brought the legendary Friday night fights to television.

By the early 1960's Gibson abandoned boxing and went into private practice. Since then, he has faced numerous legal battles of his own. These entanglements have not prevented Gibson from remaining an active and respected member of the Chicago legal and business communities. Over the years, he has worked with the School for Automotive Trades in Chicago, and acted as Secretary of the Chicago Land Clearance Commission. He served on the boards of directors of the Chicago Community Fund and Roosevelt University and has been a member of the Cook County Bar Association. His friends and associates have included Thurgood Marshall, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. Gibson continues to reside in Chicago and practice law. He is the sole survivor of President Truman's "Black Cabinet."

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Truman K. Gibson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes his father's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes his father's experiences attending Harvard University, and his grandmother's educational aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson describes his connection to the family of Dr. Edward Willingham Beasley
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson describes his family's move from Atlanta, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson describes what influenced him to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Truman K. Gibson describes living in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Truman K. Gibson describes his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Truman K. Gibson talks about moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Truman K. Gibson talks about General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., and his son, General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson talks about General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his African American classmates at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson describes his experiences working for Harold Foote Gosnell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes the dynamics between students and professors at the University of Chicago Law School during the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson talks about prominent black lawyers in Chicago in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes being appointed as the Executive Director of the 1940 American Negro Exhibition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Abraham Lincoln Marovitz
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes the 1940 Hansberry v. Lee case
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the 1940 American Negro Exhibition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson describes Paul Robeson's sense of humor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson describes the political culture of the early 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Truman K. Gibson describes his role in the 1940 Hansberry v. Lee case
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes housing issues on the South Side of Chicago during the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson describes the 1940 Hansberry v. Lee case and segregation in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson talks about African American lawyers in 1930s and 1940s Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the consequences of the 1940 Hansberry v. Lee case
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson talks about desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces and Judge William H. Hastie
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes the close-knit community of African American attorneys in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson describes institutionalized segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes confronting segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces as assistant to William H. Hastie
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Otto Nelson, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis' U.S. Army service during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson comments on the "Double V" campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Truman K. Gibson describes the discrimination Jackie Robinson faced while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes a poignant conversation he had with President Harry S. Truman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson compares how Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower perceived Jim Crow, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson compares how Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower perceived Jim Crow, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he became involved with the International Boxing Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson describes how the International Boxing Club operated, and its dissolution
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes how much money the International Boxing Club made and spent from 1949 to 1959
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis' substance abuse issues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson describes the issues he faced with corrupt labor union leaders and the mob as president of the International Boxing Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes how his involvement with the International Boxing Club and its corrupt affiliates compromised his relationship with Attorney General Robert "Bobby" Kennedy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson talks about being an African American boxing promoter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson talks about being arrested in 1959 for conspiracy and extortion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he changed the boxing business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson describes how boxing promotion and television production intertwine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis' divorce from Marva Trotter, and his marriage to HistoryMaker Rose Morgan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson describes how the policy numbers game operated in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the greatest boxers of all time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the boxing training gyms and farm clubs he and his business partners managed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson reflects upon the heyday of the International Boxing Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson describes how the International Boxing Club became involved in promoting fights for television
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Truman K. Gibson describes how endorsements from rich sportsmen and large companies like Gillette aided the International Boxing Club
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes practicing law in the 1960s, including representing Colvin Roberts, brother of HistoryMaker Herman Roberts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson describes a deal he and his business partners tried to strike with the Bahamian government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he balanced his interests in business, business law, and his duty for civil rights cases
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes what he is most proud of
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson describes how the black community has changed
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson comments on the relevance of his accomplishments, and the relevance of African American history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson notes how individuals can be catalysts for larger change
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his relationship with U.S. Congressman William L. Dawson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his father
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Truman K. Gibson's interview
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson describes his father's educational background and career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson describes why his family moved away from Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1920s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes his father's ambition
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his father's social circle
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he perceived segregation as a youth
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he perceived color as a youth
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes his relationship with his parents during his youth and adult life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson describes his teenage years in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson describes his interactions with his white peers as a teenager in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Truman K. Gibson describes segregation in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 8 Story: 13 - Truman K. Gibson describes how his upbringing shaped his approach to life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 14 - Truman K. Gibson describes what motivated him to enroll at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 15 - Truman K. Gibson talks about working for political scientist Howard Foote Gosnell as a student at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 16 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his African American classmates at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he obtained his first job
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson describes his early experiences working as a young lawyer in Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson describes the policy numbers game in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he became associated with Chicago's powerful network of African American attorneys and businessmen in the 1930s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson describes how he developed relationships with Julian Black and Joe Louis
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson describes how Joe Louis aided the integration of U.S. Army posts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson describes Joe Louis' financial troubles
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson describes how Joe Louis mixed golf and gambling
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis' issues with infidelity
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Joe Louis' decline
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson describes the first east to west boxing fight he and Arthur Wirtz televised
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson describes refusing a bribe from the mob syndicate, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson describes refusing a bribe from the mob syndicate, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Truman K. Gibson describes how sportsman James D. Norris fixed horse races
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the mob's influence on the boxing industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the Jones Brothers, Ted Roe, and other kingpins of the policy numbers game, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Truman K. Gibson talks about the Jones Brothers, Ted Roe, and other kingpins of the policy numbers game, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Truman K. Gibson talks about Sylvester "Two Gun Pete" Washington
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Truman K. Gibson describes U.S. Congressman William L. Dawson's involvement in Chicago's "shadow economy"
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Truman K. Gibson notes how integration changed black business culture in Chicago
  • Tape: 10 Story: 11 - Truman K. Gibson reflects upon being a member of Chicago's black bourgeoisie
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Truman K. Gibson talks about leading a healthy life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his greatest regrets
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Truman K. Gibson talks about his family and reflects upon his life