See Isaac Run – A Son’s Legacy
In 2011, Jamal T. Jackson began his Master of Social Work Program and immediately began reflecting on his own life experiences. Initially, what he discovered were suppressed emotions and experiences from his past and a rich history which helped him to understand who he was. Jamal lost his father at the age of sixteen which was a traumatizing experience which factored into struggles navigating adolescents and young adulthood. Jamal followed in his father’s footsteps as a student athlete through college and his transition out of college athletics was challenging. Eventually, Jamal decided to attend graduate school and obtain a Masters in Social Work. As a graduate student in his social work program reflecting on life is part of the journey. This led Jamal to want to learn more about his father’s experiences as an African American child who integrated Macon Georgia public schools in the late 1960’s. Although Jamal had known some facts about his father’s experience he was curious about the infamous 1968 See Isaac Run Highlight, which aired across the nation on CBS news in 1969. Jamal wanted to better understand the circumstances which led to his father not speaking about his experiences so he decided to chronicle his father’s experiences as well as his meetings with his father’s teammates, classmates, friends and family. Overtime See Isaac Run The Documentary developed into See Isaac Run – A Son’s Legacy, which is a Social Work in Sports infused story about the experiences and relationship of Jamal and Isaac and the impact of sports on their lives.