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.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Colleen O'Connor Wins CABJ Award for Frozen in Time!

It's been almost a year since I left for Antarctica.  I woke up this time last year, wondering what the Denver Post article was going to say.  Colleen said "baring a major world event, I'd be on the front page."  Since it was SuperBowl weekend, I wasn't expecting it!  Congratulations to Denver Post's extraordinary writer, Colleen O'Connor for writing this story- Frozen in Time. Last August, I was at the Colorado Association of Black Journalists banquet to see her receive the award.

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