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.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wikipedia for George W. Gibbs, Jr.
I'd love to thank the person who initiated the page for Gibbs on Wikipedia. She lives in Rochester, MN and said in a public forum that such an important historical figure needs to be in Wikipedia.
If anyone knows how to make sure this an approved page in Wikipedia, please let me know. The last time I checked, they had taken it down, saying the information couldn't be validated. It appears to be up now. Thanks to the community for making this happen!