Lyle E. Gibson

Lyle is a published author to include Black Tie White Tie: Chronicle of An American Family 1739-1940; We Are the American People: Our Nation’s History Through Documents (co-authored with William Young and Greg Sanford); and a contributing author in the newly published, Black Homesteaders of the South which examines African Americans that took advantage of the homestead lands per the Homestead Act of 1862.  Lyle has collaborated with local independent filmmakers to create documentaries that focus on American life, culture, and history. 

It's more than just history it's our legacy...

 A legacy deeply embedded in the human spirt. And one white neither time nor circumstance. Can erase or quell it celestial flame.

Fifth-generation Reed Descendant


Lyle’s community involvement include memberships in the National Sons of the American Revolution-Delaware Crossing Chapter in Kansas, (first African American in the state of Kansas); the Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest Coalition; the International African American Museum (South Carolina); Black Achievers of Kansas City; and Board Member of the Elijah Adkins Reed Historical Preservation Society. Lyle was also a recipient of the Reason’s To Believe, honoring graduates of USD 500 Kansas City, KS public schools for their work and contribution in the community.

Additionally Lyle was awarded the Senior Service Award; 2021 Missouri Community College Association; Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award; 2021 American Association of Community Colleges; NISOD Excellence Award, 2021 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development; and a George Washington Fellow, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2009. 



Black Tie White Tie Film

This is the first film from Taishi Studios. Black Tie White Tie is the story of Lyle Gibson's research into his family history. This is a shorter version of the original 1 hour film. For a copy of the one hour film, contact Pinehill Productions at


Metropolitan Community College will host the public premiere of “Black Tie White Tie” with two free screenings Feb. 23 on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. Lyle Gibson, a history instructor at MCC-Penn Valley, is the author of “Black Tie White Tie: Chronicle of an American Family, 1739-1940” and co-producer of the film based on his book.

Black Tie White Tie

Chronicles of an American Family 1739-1940


We the American People

Our nation's history through its documents, Volume 2



Documentary Filmaker ....

Lyle Gibson started working on an historical documentary with film makers Jermaine Thomas and Benjamin Meade in 2015. 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 worked on the historical promotional on Western Baptist Bible College as producer; writer and narrator.In 2017 Gibson continued working with cinematographer Jacquey Valentine of the Labnificent Media Group on an American Story series. 

Lyle founded The Elijah Adkins Reed Historical Preservation Society, a non-profit organization geared towards preserving America’s history through film.​

Legacy Spirit of The Black Panthers Official Trailer

From Taishi Studios, Pinehill Productions, The LabNificent Media Group and Heavenly Army Productions. In association with The United African Alliance Community Center. This is the Official Trailer for the Film Legacy Spirit of The Black Panthers.

Legacy: Spirit of the Black Panthers is a Taishi Studios film about the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panthers and their focus on community service. This video was donated to the Pryor Center by Benjamin Meade.

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An American Story Documentary Series​