James L. Gibbs

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[Image:Gibbs.jpg] African and African American Studies, Stanford, from 1968.

Prior to 1968 he taught at the University of Minnesota, Department of Anthropology. Mentor of Douglas White at U of M. James Gibbs - Jewelle Gibbs Emeritus profile; Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Emerita and alumna Jewelle Taylor Gibbs and her husband Dr. James Gibbs -- Jim Gibbs and Jewelle

JAMES L. GIBBS JR., the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor, Emeritus, has been honored with the establishment of an endowed research fund in his name. Alumni Sterling and Larry Franklin, trustees of the Morris S. Smith Foundation, established the fund last year to celebrate Gibbs’ 75th birthday next month. Sterling Franklin said that in 1968 he took an introductory course in anthropology taught by Gibbs and remembered him as “the kind of college professor you would want every student to have a chance to be taught by.” A $50,000 gift from the foundation was matched with funds from the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, plus $12,599 previously raised in 1997 by alumna Carla Winston, who studied under Gibbs as a doctoral student.

"Back in 1948, when I was a freshman at Cornell, I was one of the first members of Watermargin, a revolutionary at the time, interracial, interreligious fraternity whose motto is "All Men are Brothers." A couple of years ago I went back to Ithaca for the 60th anniversary of our founding. When I see you in November I'll tell you more about it. Warmly, Jim P.S. I'm attaching a 1950 photo of me greeting Eleanor Roosevelt, one of our benefactors, at the door of Watermargin House." (Ok to post as its already on the web)