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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GW Gibbs Jr., Rap Performance at Gibbs Elementary

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Written, produced and directed by T Mychael Rambo
Performed by students at Gibbs Elementary-School Dedication 10/11/09

Lyrics
George W. Gibbs Jr..George W. Gibbs Jr..
George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary

He was a man/an African American
He sailed the sea/to see what he could see
and this is what he found
Antarctica was the place
he was the first man of his race
he was 22 when it all began/our friend Mr. Gibbs/he was quite a man
George W. Gibbs Jr..George W. Gibbs Jr..
George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary

It was a land of snow and ice/the sights were outta sight
Whales and seals all over the place
Can't forget "the penguin-with it's cute little face
Do the penguin!..we're talking about
George W. Gibbs Jr..George W. Gibbs Jr..
George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary

Adventure was his game/today/his very name
Is given to a street where we live
There's even a peninsula...called Gibbs
George W. Gibbs Jr..George W. Gibbs Jr..
George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary

We honor his memory/from sea to shining sea
He left us a legacy
Be the best thing that you can be and live with dignity!
George W. Gibbs Jr..George W. Gibbs Jr..
George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary

We're talking 'bout George W. Gibbs Jr./George W. Gibbs Jr./George W. Gibbs Jr..Elementary!


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