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, November 7, 2012

Historic Elections

In 2000, my father voted absentee ballot, while in hospice.  On election night, November 7th, my mother hosts a birthday/election night party for him.  It's his 84th birthday.  One of his favorite things in life is democracy, so this is a perfect way to spend time in hospice.

As it turns, George Washington Gibbs, Jr passes away peacefully in his sleep that night.  He was surrounded by friends of all ages.  He died happy,  thinking Al Gore won.  We've been through a lot George, since 2000.  Happy Birthday.  Congrats to President Barack Obama
and this historic election.  
I look forward to new levels of bipartisan cooperation in all levels of politics. Forward!

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