Google commemorates 120th anniversary of Aboriginal Australian Pearl Mary Gibbs

Google the multinational technology company commemorated on Sunday the 120th birthday of famous aboriginal woman Pearl Mary Gibbs.

The especial occasion was celebrated in a portrait on Google’s homepage.

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Activist Pearl Gibbs “Gambanyi” is widely regarded among the 20th-century’s leading advocates for Aboriginal rights. 

The Doodle, illustrated by Yuwi, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander guest artist Dylan Mooney, celebrates revolutionary Aboriginal Australian activist Pearl Gibbs “Gambanyi”, who is widely regarded among the 20th-century’s leading advocates for Aboriginal rights. Reported Google.

My hope is that people reflect on our history within Australia and know our past and what Aunty Pearl Gibbs has done for this nation. I also hope that Indigenous women are celebrated for what they do for our community, in whatever that may be. Indigenous women are our heroes.” Told to Google, Dylan Mooney.

Pearl Mary Gibbs “Gambanyi” was born on 18th July 190, she was descended of the Ngiyampaa people on her mother’s side, and was a public face of the fight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emancipation in the 20th century. Reported NITV.

In 1937, Gibbs helped form the Aborigines Progressive Association (APA), an all-Aboriginal activist alliance that campaigned for Aboriginal citizenship, suffrage, and an end to unjust governmental bodies. As APA secretary beginning in 1938, she exposed the inhumane conditions and exploitation of women and children at government-run Aboriginal reserves. A public speaker as charismatic as she was influential, Gibbs helped organize the Day of Mourning protest that same year. Widely credited as the catalyst of the contemporary Aboriginal political movement, this demonstration was the first to bring the plight of Indigenous Australians to national attention. 

Gibbs never faltered in her efforts for Indigenous justice over the decades that followed, a struggle that culminated in 1954 when the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board appointed her as its first—and only—female member. She also helped organize the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship (AAF) in 1956. With Gibbs at the helm, the AAF petitioned for a change in the Australian constitution, which paved the way for the 1967 referendum that granted Indigenous Australians suffrage and citizenship. 

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