2014 Annual Gibbs Lecture and the 1st Annual Gibbs Conference

The NC A&T History Department in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, held their annual Gibbs Lecture and the 1st Annual Gibbs Conference this past April.  The title of the event was: “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement after 50 Years: Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Franklin Eugene McCain, Sr.”  The conference consisted of 6 different lectures.

2014 Conference Program

Video Links

Gibbs Keynote Dr. Paul Breines

(Retired Assoc. Professor of History at Boston College, and a member of the 1961 ‘Freedom Rides’.)


Gibbs Keynote  Dr. William P. Jones

(Assoc. Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of two books on civil rights.)


NC A&T Middle College Panel


A Retrospective of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A time to Break the Silence,” Riverside Church, NYC


Remembering the Life, Activism and Service of Franklin McCain, Sr.


Global Dimensions of Human/Civil Rights in the 20th Century


Announcement and Schedule from the 2014 Gibbs Lecture and Conference

The 26th Gibbs Annual Lecture and 1st Annual Conference

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Keynote Lecture by Dr. William P. Jones at 6 p.m.
"The Forgotten History of the March on Washington"
Book signing and reception to follow

Wednesday April 2, 2014
1st Annual Gibbs Student Conference—All day
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Paul Breines at 6 p.m.
"What Sort of White Person Do I Want to Be? Reflections on White Racism in 2014 by One of the 1961 Freedom Riders"
Reception to follow

2014 Speakers

Dr. William P. Jones
Dr. William P. Jones is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work addresses the intersections of race, class and labor in the 20th century United States.  Dr. Jones has written two books entitled, The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South (University of Illinois Press, 2005) and The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013). His current book project examines public employees and the transformation of the U.S. economy after the Second World War.

Dr. Paul Breines
Dr. Paul Breines is a retired Associate Professor of History at Boston College. As a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, he was arrested at the Greyhound station in Jackson on July 21, 1961. Along with many other Freedom Riders, Dr. Breines was incarcerated in Parchman Prison in the Mississippi Delta on August 4.