12 May, 2018


Humanitarian, Criminal Justice Reform and Restorative Justice Thought Leader, educator, and public servant The Honorable Salima Siler Marriott Gibbs has been a compassionate and tireless voice for the voiceless.   Dr. Gibbs is the sole guest on IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®’s Saturday, 12 May 2018 telephone interview hosted by Diane A. Sears where she shares her inspiring and powerful story which has a plethora of life lessons.  The audio recording of the powerful dialogue with Dr. Gibbs can be found at the following link:  An award-winning educator, during her tenure from 1972 through 1996, as an Assistant Professor at Morgan State University, Dr. Gibbs was bestowed with the “Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Social Work and Mental Health, Morgan State University”  in 1990. Throughout her career  as a public servant -- in Maryland’s House of Delegates, where she represented Baltimore, Maryland’s 40th Legislative District from 1991 through 2007 and in her role as the City of Baltimore’s Deputy Mayor for Community and Economic Development from 2006 through 2010  Dr. Gibbs has been a powerful advocate for the welfare of children, women and families; affordable and accessible education; Criminal Justice Reform; Restorative Justice; and community development.  Dr. Gibbs’ advocacy also extends to global affairs.  She is the Co-Editor of a global affairs policy paper entitled, “U.S. Policy Toward South Africa” (1984).  In 2001, Dr. Gibbs received a fellowship from the Foreign Policy Institute – a direct result of her interest in international relationships and addressing international challenges.

          A fervent advocate of Criminal Justice Reform, Dr. Gibbs relentlessly advocated for the abolition of Maryland’s death penalty.  From 2004 through 2007, Dr. Gibbs served as Chair of Baltimore’s Citywide Re-Entry and Re-Integration Steering Committee.   As a member of the Maryland’s House of Delegates, she championed affordable access to higher education and the welfare of children, women, and families.  From 1999 through 2007, Dr. Gibbs served as the Chair of the Baltimore City Delegation to the Maryland State House.  She also served as Vice Chair of the Law and Justice Committee, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (1998-2000) and as the Caucus’ Regional Chair from 1994 through 1998 during her tenure as a member which spanned from 1991 through 2007 and Chair, Children and Youth Subcommittee  of the Ways and Means Committee (2003-2007).  Dr. Gibbs was also a member of the Ways and Means Committee and served as the Chair of its Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.  From 1993 through 2007, she was a member of the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds; Joint Legislative Workgroup on Community College Financing (1994-95); Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility (2003 through 2004).  During her membership from 1998 through 2007 in the National Conference of State Legislatures, Dr. Gibbs served as its Regional Chair from 1994 through 1998.   During her membership in the National Conference of State Legislatures which spanned from 1998 through 2007, Dr. Gibbs served on its Human Services and Welfare Committee.

            Dr. Gibbs, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University; a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland; and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Howard University.

       IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® brings together Thought Leaders and key stakeholders from around the globe who engage in a straight, no-chaser dialogue on public policy, culture, health, legislative initiatives, Criminal Justice Reform, education, Restorative Justice, economic sustainability – issues impacting Fathers, their communities and our world.  


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