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, April 10, 2012
I spent my first waking hours reading No Horizon Is So Far by Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft with Cheryl Dahle (who is a colleague I admire). What a riveting story and well done book! I'm inspired by their vision to encourage youth to follow their dreams. At one point in their journey, they had 3 million students following them remotely. The exciting news is by one degree of separation, I hope to meet Ann in MN on one of my next trips. The world is getting smaller by the day. I used to think Antarctica was a long way. Now, I visualize it everyday and it seems nearby. One thing that also brings the continent closer is the people I encounter who are connecting big things to Antarctica. Liv and Ann are taking 6 women, from 6 continents, on a trek to the South Pole. The goal, this time, is to bring awareness of the global water crisis to 2 million classrooms and 50 million youth!