May Collection of the Month: Richard T. Gibson Papers, 1926-2004
In the late 1950s Gibson moved to Paris, joining a literary circle of other African Americans like Richard Wright and James Baldwin who looked abroad for social change as Jim Crow laws still mandated segregation at home. In Europe, Gibson was a friend and correspondent of communists and revolutionaries, and himself a cofounder of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
His papers, which include correspondence, clippings, and photographs from over 50 years of work, document leftist and anti-imperialist movements from an expatriate American perspective. Anyone interested in the history of 20th century Africa or African American literature and politics should take a look. You can browse the finding aid here for more information: /ead/ms2302.xml