The native Miamian has left her mark as a pioneer for black medical professionals in South Florida. Gibson grew up and worked in an era when racism and segregation was the norm. Despite those distractions, she was able to finish college and become a registered nurse. Gibson continued taking advance course work in the medical field throughout the 1950s while still working. She has been a head nurse and supervisor at various health facilities in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. She became a political leader and voice of the community when she was appointed an interim Commissioner on the Miami City Commission in 1997. In 2000, she became a published author with the release of her autobiography, Forbearance: Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson, The Life Story of A Cocoanut Grove Native.
Mrs. Gibson holds a number of titles and positions including President of the Theodore Roosevelt Gibson Memorial Fund Incorporated and founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County. She also sponsors the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, which provides free testing and assistance for people infected with HIV or AIDS.
Taken from an article appearing the the Miami Herald on Sunday, February 5, 2012.