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.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Waiting to leave for Santiago by way of Toronto. It's been very hectic but I think I have what I need. Maybe even more than I need :). Feeling a bit lonely and homesick, wondering if I made the best decision to do this. Just a roller coaster of emotions, which is normal. One of the 7th graders asked me if I was nervous last week during my presentation. I said yes, but now I'm feeling it. Abientot.