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.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Democracy 1776, breaking away from King George III

This article caught my eye this morning. I was wondering about the name of the island I am going to in Antarctica: King George Island. My father was active in the democratic process. Since I am not very smart about history or our political process, this article is not something I typically read or understand. It's about why the U.S. broke away from King George III in England.
27 Reasons Why We Became a New Nation. The article has this quote which reonates with We are All Antarctica! Ben Franklin matter-of-factly noted: “Indeed we must all hang together; otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

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