Still Rising: Celebrating 10 Years of the Iowa City Civil Rights Trip

For a decade, a small organization has taken a group of Iowa City students on a trip to the South to learn about our nation's checkered past. Learn how this tour of important sites from the Civil Rights Movement, along with visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has helped impact more than 600 students during the span of the trip.

  • Jack Brooks
  • Jack Brooks
  • Jack Brooks
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    29 minutes 43 seconds
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    April 4, 2019
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    500 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jack Brooks

I've always had a passion for storytelling, and it's driven my career in different directions. After earning my degree from the University of Iowa, I spent my first decade of professional life in a newsroom. Starting as a News Producer for the morning show at KCAU, I worked nearly every job at the station before being named News Director in 2013. My next career move took me back to Iowa City, where I became a Video Producer for the City of Iowa City beginning in 2016. This position has put me back behind the lens, allowing more freedom of creative expression. I oversee many production duties, including weekly and monthly video programs, a podcast, and coverage of other series and events.

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Director Statement

I was introduced to Herni Harper, the founder of FasTrac, through my work with the City of Iowa City. Mr. Harper was Community Service Officer for the Iowa City Police Department when he told me about his organization and this yearly trip. I jumped at the opportunity to document the 10th anniversary of the tour. Over the course of nine days, I captured around 900 clips, 30 interviews, and a wealth of knowledge. It took six months of editing to create this documentary, which hopefully shares a portion of this eye-opening experience with the audience. I feel fortunate to have taken the trip, and I hope others can also be a part of the experience.