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, January 23, 2012
We Are All Antarctica project update
If you've been following me, since December 2011, I'm sure you've seen this project unfold with increasing clarity! I have three schools following my trip to Antarctica: Platte Canyon Fitzsimmons Middle School, Bailey, CO; Gibbs Elementary in Rochester, MN, (1st grade class) and a Free school group who will do a field trip to Denver to learn more about climate change and how we are personally connected through our thoughts, feelings and history. Start Some Good is a partner for the next phase. I will design and pilot interactive, curricular materials for students to realize the value of collaboration, based on my father’s community leadership, Antarctic history and climate change. If you have interested groups or leads for schools to participate, please contact me. A big thanks to Matt Nathan for his coaching and production of the latest video!