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.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
One of the highlights of my trip- Floating/Melting Ice!
Seeing floating ice and the glacier was one of my peak experiences in Antarctica. No doubt I will be back! This glacier is Nelson Island. I thought I was speaking loudly but you can't hear me, so listen to the water. I say: we generally see 1/7th of an iceberg, and that the glacier we are looking at is 40 meters high (131ft.) Taking a break to organize materials and the rest of the journey in Chile. My first presentation, after I return mid March, is with one of the Denver Kiwanis clubs. Ciao for now!