I found out yesterday that Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group is touring Antarctica. More great footsteps to follow! He's blogging everyday. His Antarctic log 7 :Antarctica is closer than you think" is something to think about. More people every day are realizing climate change is important to understand. This has been a busy week. I made presentations to 55 seventh graders at Fitzsimmons Middle School, who fired great questions at me for 20 minutes. Yesterday, a local home school group gathered for my presentation. Students of all ages (3 to 9) were very engaged for an hour! I brought some my clothing for the trip.
Here's some of the girls and their parents from the WWA Home School Connection Fine Arts and Enrichment Program saying, "We are All Antarctica!"
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.