From the 2009 News Archive
Prof. Larry Gibson Receives UMB Diversity Recognition Award
Professor of Law Larry Gibson
received UMB’s 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Recognition Award, presented for achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, during a Feb. 6 luncheon event featuring a keynote address by Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown.
"This is a significant and well-deserved award," said Dean Karen Rothenberg. "Larry has shown a lifelong commitment to advancing equality, justice, and opportunity for African Americans and served as a role model for generations of aspiring lawyers."
A faculty member at the School of Law for more than 30 years, Professor Gibson also has been a successful civil rights lawyer, a political activist instrumental in opening public offices in Maryland to African American candidates, and a public servant. He served as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States during the Carter administration.
Over the course of his career, Professor Gibson has been a leader in creating connections among peoples of diverse backgrounds by eloquently describing and rigorously documenting the struggles and successes of African Americans throughout Maryland history, particularly in the practice of law. This year, coinciding with the centennial of Thurgood Marshall’s birth, and the 70th anniversary of the graduation of Donald Gains Murray, Maryland Law’s first black student (whose entrance was secured by a Court of Appeals decision argued by Marshall), Professor Gibson unveiled a new permanent exhibit in the law school’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library,
"Thurgood Marshall's Early Career in Maryland: 1933-1937."
Justice Marshall’s widow, Cecilia Marshall, unveiled the exhibit with Professor Gibson during the law school’s second annual
Black Law Alumni Reunion and Symposium