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A guide to resources and materials dealing with Maryland politics with a particular focus on the changing role and influence of local African American political leadership.
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Larry S. Gibson grew up in Baltimore and earned his high school diploma from Baltimore City College, where he was the first African American class officer. From 1960 to 1964, Gibson attended Howard University in Washington D.C., where he was the student body president, the Chairperson of D.C. Students for Civil Rights, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In 1967, he earned his law degree from Columbia University in New York City.

In 1972, Gibson became the first African American law professor at the University of Virginia . Two years later, Gibson accepted a faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he continues to teach Evidence, Civil Procedure, Race and the Law, and Election Law.

Professor Gibson has researched and designed several exhibits, articles, newspaper series, and other presentations on the history of civil rights and African American lawyers in Maryland. Professor Gibson was the principal advocate for the law passed by the Maryland General Assembly that renamed the BWI Thurgood Marshal Airport.

Gibson is on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust and is on the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. He is Chairman of the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland. He has also served six years on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

Larry Gibson has directed local, state, and national political campaigns since 1968. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, Larry Gibson served in the U.S. Justice Department as Associate Deputy Attorney General and as Director of the National Economic Crimes Project. In 1992, he was Maryland State Chairman of the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign.

Since 2001, Gibson has served as a campaign consultant and political advisor to African political leaders, including Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the President of Liberia and Marc Ravalomanana the former President of Madagascar.  Some articles highlighting his experiences include:

Couple of wild and crazy freelancers. Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, February 06, 2008. P.2b

Designing History: Larry Gibson. by Laura Wexler. JD- University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Magazine, (fall 2006).

Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler: Larry S. Gibson. The Daily Record's Leadership in the Law. 2006.

Amity and Irony [Larry Gibson and Ron Shapiro]. by Michael Anft. Baltimore Magazine, (August, 2004).

Gibson, Larry S. Short Circuit: The Overselling of Television in Politics, (1996). All Faculty Publications. Paper 732. - DigitalCommons@UMLaw

Kingmaker - Larry Gibson drives Baltimore's Politicial Machine. by Tom Nugent. Baltimore Messenger, volume 18, no. 41 (June 30, 1993).

"No More Rubber Duckies" (How Kurt Schmoke's City Hall Works). by John Alden. Baltimore Magazine, volume 81, no. 10 (November, 1988).

The Gibson Story: A Profile of the Man Behind Kurt Schmoke. by Bill Swisher. City Paper, volume 11, no. 12 (March 20-26, 1987).

Gibson Dynamo Powers Schmoke's Bid. by Michael Ollove. Baltimore Sun, Sunday, August 9, 1987. P.B1

Larry Gibson: Rowing Hard for Racial Justice. by Eric Siegel. Baltimore Sun, Sunday, July 17, 1983. P. E1


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