JOHNSTON, IOWA (February 5, 2019) — Iowa Public Television is releasing an updated version of its popular 1994 documentary that explores the impact of African-Americans in Iowa history. Tradition and Valor: The Story Continues... presents the original documentary's key events along with new materials, including an extended interview with Elaine Estes, the first African-American director of the Des Moines Public Library. It will premiere on Tuesday, February 18 at 8PM on statewide IPTV. IPTV's 1994 documentary Tradition and Valor chronicled the military service and civil-rights achievements of one prominent African-American family from Iowa. Over five decades, members of the JB Morris family participated in landmark events that shaped our state and nation. IPTV now supplements the original documentary with a new segment, Tradition and Valor: The Story Continues..., in which the late Robert Morris, the program's producer, examines more about African-Americans who made a difference in Iowa's history. "When Robert first approached IPTV, we knew this story had to be told," said Dave Miller, executive producer at IPTV. "The new interview sheds more light on the often overlooked contributions of African-American Iowans on state, national and global history." Robert Morris passed away in February 2017 while building on his original work alongside IPTV producers. Tradition and Valor: The Story Continues... features an extended interview with Elaine Estes conducted by Morris, as well as a new introduction to the program with his daughter, Jessica Morris. "Iowa lost a valuable voice with the passing of Robert Morris," said Chuck Czech, IPTV manager of local programming. "He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and he focused his energies in sharing stories that really mattered." Learn more at For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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