The honor of my race, family, and self are at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will!
John "Jack" Trice
One hundred years ago, John "Jack" Trice lost his life to racially motivated events when he was 21. We will never know what he would have accomplished in his life, but his goal after obtaining his degree was to go back to the South so that he could teach former slaves the skill of sharecropping. This was important to earn a better wage and create a better life for themselves.
John was far from home and found himself in a new world, and navigating would be challenging. He believed that family, community, and education (and not in that order) were his pillars.
While we can only gather bits and pieces from various accounts, interactions, and letters after his death, it is up to us to complete his vision in our way.
This is the reason that members of his bloodline created the Trice Legacy Foundation. The story of "Jack" gained its visibility and national attention at Iowa State University (formerly Ames College) but goes way further than that. The old saying, “What got you here, won’t get you there,” fits Jack and the legacy we see today. Jack ended up at Ames College because his high school football coach brought Jack and 5 of his teammates to Iowa.
And that is where we will build…