GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series: The Influential Role of African Americans in Government

  • February 25, 2021
    8:30 am - 9:45 am

Larry Gibson and Adrienne Jones

Please join the Greater Baltimore Committee and our esteemed panelists for a special event commemorating Black History Month. The panelists will discuss the role African Americans have played in government and legislative efforts to address racial equity and social justice.

Panelists and topics include:

  • Professor Larry Gibson — The Historical Role of African Americans in Maryland and Baltimore Government
  • Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones — The Black Agenda – A Bold Plan to Address Racial Inequities and Promoting Social Justice

Larry S. Gibson, Professor of Law, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Gibson grew up in Baltimore, attended Howard University for his undergraduate degree, and earned his law degree from Columbia University.

He has taught law at the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he is currently a senior member of the faculty and teaches Race and the Law and Election Law.

Gibson holds honorary doctorate degrees from Morgan State University and Sojourner-Douglass College and was awarded the 2015 Charles Hamilton Houston Chair at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Gibson’s book “Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice,” describes the environment, people and events that shaped Thurgood Marshall in his formative years. The book won a 2013 International Book Award for biography.

Gibson is on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust and serves on the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). He is Chairman of the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland.

The Honorable Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates

In 2019, Speaker Adrienne A. Jones was unanimously elected by her colleagues in the Maryland House of Delegates to serve as the first African American and the first woman Speaker of the House of Delegates in history.

Prior to being elected Speaker, Jones held the distinction of being the first African American woman to serve as Speaker Pro Tem in the Maryland House of Delegates, serving in that capacity under Speaker Mike Busch for 16 years.

Jones became a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1997 and served on the House Appropriations Committee. She also served as Chair of the Capital Budget and Education and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.

In February, 2019, Jones received the Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder’s Award, the highest award given to a member of the House of Delegates, recognizing her steadfast service. She has three times been named to the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by The Daily Record, and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence for Sustained Achievement.

Speaker Jones is a proud alumna of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She attended The National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College in 2007. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College.

Event details:

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021; 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Where: Webinar via Zoom

*A personal, one-time link to join the webinar will be sent out via email to all registrants the evening prior to the event.

(If you do not receive your link by 4 p.m., February 24, please contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at

Cost: GBC members: $25, Non-members: $50

A 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refund. Contact Tara Harris at or Karen Parrish at

For event and sponsorship information, contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at

Please submit your questions for the speakers in advance using the event registration form.