David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, presented Professor Larry Gibson with an honorary Doctor of Law degree in recognition of his achievements as "a guardian of public law, a champion of human rights and a major shaper of the next generation of America's legal minds. President Wilson bestowed the honor May 19 at the university's 136th annual commencement ceremony in Baltimore.
Calling Professor Gibson "A Man for All Seasons in the law and in education," the commencement program cited his work as an adviser to African-American political leaders and as an historian of the civil rights movement and African-American lawyers in Maryland. It noted that he "played a major role in uncovering the story of Morgan State College students who established, in the 1940s and 1950s, the tradition of marches and sit-ins that was to place its stamp on the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties."
"On behalf of everyone in the law school, I'd like to extend my warmest congratulations to Professor Gibson," UM Carey Law Dean Phoebe Haddon said. "Larry is one of the most beloved and respected members of our community." It is a pleasure to see that our colleagues at Morgan State recognize his achievements. His professional life is a shining example to our students of a public calling to the law. Larry has at all times pursued and protected the common good, defending the rights of those who have been overlooked or misrepresented."
Professor Gibson was one of three honorary degree recipients at the Morgan State commencement. The others included Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, physicist, former head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the first African American and woman to serve as president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a post she currently holds; and The Honorable Tebelelo Mazile Sertetse, Morgan State alumna and Botswana's ambassador to the US, who has served as a member of Botswana's Parliament as well as a finance manager and expert on international trade.