Lyle Gibson is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City (MA History) and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (BA, History). He teaches history in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at the Metropolitan Community Colleges—Penn Valley. As a member of a Fulbright-Hayes Group Project Abroad in 1999, Gibson spent several weeks in Senegal, West Africa, studying the transatlantic slave trade and the transplantation of West African family culture to the Americas. He has lectured in Kansas and Missouri on various aspects of genealogy and African American family history. Gibson holds memberships in several genealogical, genetic, lineage, and academic societies to include Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest Coalition, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Gibson started working on an historical documentary with film makers Jermaine Thomas and Benjamin Meade. The film Black Tie White Tie is an adaptation of Gibson’s book with the same title. Gibson served as writer; voice over narrator; and producer for the film. Gibson also work on the historical promotional on Western Baptist Bible College as producer; writer and narrator.
In addition to his work as an author, historian, and college professor, Gibson has also worked as a musician, collaborating with musicians both nationally and internationally. Gibson is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.