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.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Back yesterday from the Southern Continent!!

I came back happy, hungry and disoriented. Beautiful, amazing place. Of course I saw one percent of one percent Of Antarctica:) It is warmer in some ways than I thought and colder than I imagined too. When the wind blows, you're done! We step off the plane into a cloudy, mystery , -5 Celsius temp. (windchill factor ). We're all a little worried we can handle this cold. My companions on the flight are Teresa from Spain, Petr and Alenka from the Czech Republic. Alejandro is our guide. He is a world reknown mountaineer and Antarctic explorer. The main purpose of going is to see first hand what it feels like to be here, so I can share the adventure of the expedition my father took and link it to the present and future of humanity. It all makes a lot more sense now! P.S. There is wi-fi there at the Russian station but I wasn't granted permission to use it. No surprise!  I am organizing pictures and video now so i can post gradually. Off to the market in Punta Arenas.  Then bus to Puerto Natales.

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