History of the Gibbs Annual Lecture
Beginning in 1988, the Gibbs Annual Lecture has been held to commemorate the Fourth President of North Carolina A&T State University, Dr. Warmouth T. Gibbs. Dr. Gibbs served as the head of the University during the 1960 A&T Sit-In Movement at the Woolworth Store in downtown Greensboro. Despite attempts by state governmental officials to expel the Greensboro Four, Dr. Gibbs resolutely responded that at A&T, “we teach our students how to think and not what to think.” This sentiment continues to serve as the guiding force of the annual Gibbs Lecture.
The Annual Gibbs Lecture takes place around Dr. Gibbs’s birthday on April 5th. Scholars with expertise in American History, the Civil Rights Movement, along with associates, friends, and many others with connections to Dr. Gibbs have given lectures commemorating this occasion.