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.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Prepping for Antarctica SummerTravel
Now that I'm actually GOING to Antarctica, I see there are a lot of details. Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center is a mentor and supporter of my trip. He suggested a few items (new to me) such as a neck gaiter! There is controversy about silk, wool and new fabrics. I think the new fabrics that wisk moisture away from your skin, are what I'll choose. On my father's expedition they were just issued clothing. No research necessary! I love this Cool Antarctica site.