The Story



We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

George W. Gibbs Jr. - End of Black History Month 2016

Aloha!  The Minneapolis Star Tribune published this article today.  It's by Curt Brown, the writer for the Minnesota History column.  The photo is from the Tribune's archives, which hasn't been seen in decades.  It reminds me of my father's love for storytelling.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The World's Last Pristine Ocean

It's February 2012.  While in Antarctica, I learn that the Ross Sea is the most pristine ocean on our planet.  I can't imagine how beautiful it was when my father was there in the early 1940's.  Unfortunately, corporations/humans don't seem to stop at the idea of keeping something pristine.

The Antarctic Toothfish is sought after and it lives in the Ross Sea. The name is disguised as Chilean Sea Bass.  Yes,  when we eat this fish, we risk over fishing and polluting an important ocean ecosystem in Antarctica.  Krill oil is popular now.  Whales and other sea life depend on an abundance of krill in the ocean.  Here's a report on the facts.  Please avoid using krill oil for a supplement and eating Chilean Sea Bass!

"Protecting Krill protects the Antarctic Wilderness"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.sumofus.org/images/Krill_report_SumOfUs_2015.pdf

Here's a petition to sign

http://action.sumofus.org/a/walgreens-boots-krill/2/6/?akid=16543.9138827.gfGmBp&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=3

Thursday, January 14, 2016

World's Largest Canyon Spotted Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet!

Today, 76 years ago, is the historic day that George W. Gibbs, Jr, set foot on the West Antarctic Ice Shelf, making him the first man in the world of his race to do so.  I woke up wondering what I would write to commemorate the day.  Only to see this new discovery in the news,  just announced on 1/14/16 in the Australian press.


“Our analysis provides the first evidence that a huge canyon and a possible lake are present beneath the ice in Princess Elizabeth Land,” (East Antarctica) Dr Jamieson said.
“It’s astonishing to think that such large features could have avoided detection for so long."
Read more at http://bit.ly/1ZxrVZn

and here http://bit.ly/1URFT1D
"The results of this analysis, published recently in the journal Geology, reveal a chain of winding features over 600 miles long and half a mile deep buried beneath miles of ice." This discovery will be confirmed later in 2016, trumps the latest finding in 2013 of Greenland's Grand Canyon.  Due to satellite sophistication, "the age of discovery is far from over."

The canyon is over twice the size of the USA's Grand Canyon.  Hello Mother Earth!