It’s 15 years since George Gibbs left the planet. We now call him George W. Gibbs, Jr.
(W for Washington, after the first U.S. President).
But no one wrote or spoke his complete name, until after he died. He was the first man of his race on Antarctica. Until January 1940, no person with black African descent, from any country, set foot on the icy continent.
Since 2000, his legacy has grown. There is:
George Gibbs Drive, SW Rochester, MN;
George Gibbs Lecture series, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic;
RCTC Gibbs Scholarship Award (college);
George Washington Gibbs Jr. Elementary School;
George Gibbs Meritorious Community Service Award from NAACP;
and Gibbs Point in Antarctica
Thousands carry a positive memory of George, who lived to elevate the human race. This exhibit called Intersections at the Rice Art Gallery reminds me of what George W. Gibbs Jr, stood for. Have a beautiful November 7th. http://www.ricegallery.org/anila-agha/
Shout out to Tay, who played Scout, was also born on this day. We recently performed in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Your presence inspires me!