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.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Celebrating My First Trip to Antarctica, 2/15/2012
I'm forever changed by my trip to Antarctica. The date is easy to remember because it's Sir Ernest Shackleton's birthday. I hardly slept or ate while I was there. Our starting point was Russia's Bellinghausen scientific base. The trip utilizes cooperation between Argentina, Chile and Russia. Every cell in my body remembers the sweet stillness from the lack of thought forms. Not to mention the grandeur of the landscape. I'm honored to be a person to have gone to the bottom of the earth. Thanks and blessings to those who supported my journey through donations. My working book title is We are All Antarctica: Adventures of the First Black Explorer on the Icy Continent. I'm told it will definitely change. I do have another title in mind. It's a challenging project, but I'm making progress. Have an amazing day!