D.G. Gibson (February 14, 1891-1973) was a businessman, civic leader and founded Oakland, California's first Black political club, the Appomattox Club.
Born in Calvert, Texas, Gibson graduated from Guadalupe College in Suguin, Texas. During World War I Gibson joined the 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army and fought in France.
After the war, Gibson move to California in 1920 and settled in the East Bay. At first Gibson worked as a real estate agent, then later he established operated one of the most successful distribution businesses on the West Coast, selling subscriptions for Black newspapers, periodicals and cosmetic supplies.
In the 1920's, Gibson found the first Black political club in Oakland, the Appomattox Club, and worked with the club's successors, such as the East Bay Democratic Club and the Men of Tomorrow, to establish a political base with the Bay Area's extremely small Black middle class.
Gibson became active in Democratic politics sometime in the early in the 1920's or 1930's. Filling many positions within the party, Gibson served in the Democratic Party in multiple capacities as a club chairman, district coordinator, campaign coordinator, county coordinator, and state representative.
Additionally, Gibson was a member of numerous East Bay civic organizations including the YMCA, East Bay Business and Professional Men’s League, Port of Oakland Club, NAACP, Men of Tomorrow, Inc., and the Berkeley Interracial Committee.
D. C. Gibson was one of a tight knit group of political, union and community 'oldtimers' which consisted of people such as C. L. Dellums, Walter Gordon, Frances Albrier, Tarea Hall Pittman, and William Byron Rumford.
Links & Referrences
- Living for the City by Donna Jean Murch