#BlackHistoryMonth – Betty Love Gibbs

For the month of February, the Underground will shine a spotlight on prominent figures in the black community.



Born: 1934

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.

About miamighty (6 Articles)
Coming from the hustle and bustle of the streets in Brooklyn, New York, you can find her looking for the quiet places around campus. Majoring in Biobehavioral Health and Minoring in Biology she aspires to be a talented OB/GYN. Her hustle comes from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future”. Her pastimes consist of greasing her roots after her newly perfected flat twist out or connecting with her Jamaican roots back home. An ardent lover of her community she is determined to take her knowledge and love for melanin to better her community back home and here at Penn State.

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