Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, 92.9 WTUG, Praise 93.3, 105.1 The Block, and the Tuscaloosa Thread are proud to present the 2022 Black History Makers of Alabama supported by Sealy Furniture Outlet, Twelve25 Sports Bar & Entertainment Venue, and Red Oak Credit Union.

The Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter for their continued support.

ROMEL GIBSON is a Black History Maker of Alabama

"Black history in Alabama is important to me because many of our nation's iconic African American figures have significant ties here.  Some of the most critical events in the American Civil Rights Movement happened here.  My life and my life's work is but a small contribution to the extending of the legacy of black excellence that has been cultivated here." -Romel Gibson 

Alabama is blessed with many citizens but many stand out in times of need. Romel Gibson is one of those leaders. He leads by example in his family, faith, music, and the Tuscaloosa community.

Romel Gibson is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  While in his pre-teen years, his family relocated to Aliceville, Alabama.  After graduating from Aliceville High School, Romel attended Stillman College where he sang in the Stillman College Choir, participated in the Christian Student Association, and was a founding percussionist in the Blue Pride Marching Band. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.   

Immediately after graduating from Stillman College, Romel was employed as the music teacher for Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa.  He worked in that capacity for two years before accepting the invitation to become the drummer for the newly crowned American Idol, Ruben Studdard.  Although he is no longer a full-time musician, Romel continues to make his mark in the music industry behind the scenes as a songwriter.  He has been blessed to contribute to the discographies of artists such as L. Spenser Smith and Testament, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Tonya Baker, Myron Butler, Marvin Sapp, James Hall, Johnny Gill, and Ruben Studdard.   

From 2009 - 2019, Romel worked as a Campus Life Director for Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ, the local chapter of Youth for Christ/USA, one of the largest non-profit youth ministries in the world.  In his local capacity, he led Campus Life in several middle schools and supervised all high school Campus Life in Tuscaloosa County.  He has been a mentor to countless teenagers in Tuscaloosa and has been known to work diligently to help meet the needs of low-income families in the community.  He continues to provide leadership for over 1000 sites within YFC/Campus Life as a member of their National Campus Life Team.  However, his day-to-day responsibilities have shifted to Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, currently serving as their Community Outreach Coordinator.   

Romel has served as a board member of The Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa, a multi-faith organization that works with Tuscaloosa County EMA and the Tuscaloosa County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to meet needs following a disaster.  He currently serves as a Board of Influence member for Empowered to Conquer, a 501c3 youth mentorship program that exists to instill faith, promote education, and build relationships among students, currently reaching teenagers from Jefferson and Coosa Counties in Alabama.   

For 17 years, Romel has been married to his college best friend Quanedra (Q) Gibson.  Together they have three beautiful daughters- Allayna (14), Moriah (11), and Rylee (7).   

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