BETTY LOVE GIBBS
Died: Jan 8th 2013
If you can’t join them, then succeed without them.
Her exact words “We can do this together, or we can do this separately.” Ms. Betty Love Gibbs, rejected in her pursuits of becoming a Penn State Cheerleader did just that. Betty began dancing at the young age of four, and in an effort to demonstrate and expand her skills she decided to join the Cheerleading Squad here at the University. Sadly, she was told they cannot allow a person of color to be on the squad. Despite attending the same school, her impeccable dancing skills, and her amazing accomplishments as Captain and President of her own dance group she could not make the cut.
Amazingly enough, she went on to do her own thing just like she said she would. “I still went forward…the bus still rolled whether I was at the front or at the back.” Reppin’ Penn State at the National AAU Championships and Olympic Trials in 1956. She danced in the gospel play written by the well renowned Langston Hughes travelling to places such as New York and Paris.
Finally, Betty Love made the cut. Now known as an “Honorary Penn State Cheerleader, Love was able to experience a much more diverse, and integrated Penn State.