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Jerry Harkness

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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For And The Evidence Of Things Unseen.

Birthplace

Born:
5/7/1940
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For And The Evidence Of Things Unseen.

Birthplace

Born:
5/7/1940
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Born in May 1940 in Harlem, New York, Jerry Harkness is an athlete of natural talents. As a student, he played every sport imaginable; however, when Jerry Harkness joined the basketball team at DeWitt Clinton High, his ability on the court became apparent. While attending Loyola University, his performance on the basketball court made sports history as Jerry Harkness led the team in scoring for three consecutive years. Nearly forty years after ending his collegiate basketball career, the 1,749 points he scored still remains the third highest in Loyola's history. As team captain in 1963, he led Loyola to the National Championship and was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player.

Upon his graduation, Jerry Harkness decided to join the New York Knicks. In 1967, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers. Two years later, Jerry Harkness became a sportscaster in Indianapolis.

He also devoted much of his time to civil rights issues, by serving with the Indiana Human Rights Commission and working actively with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Currently, Jerry serves as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Chapter of 100 Black Men.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jerry Harkness' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jerry Harkness lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jerry Harkness talks about his parents' roles during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jerry Harkness describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jerry Harkness talks about his mother's nervous breakdown
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jerry Harkness describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jerry Harkness describes his childhood personality and meeting Jackie Robinson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jerry Harkness talks about his dreams and aspirations as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jerry Harkness talks about playing basketball as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jerry Harkness talks about the popularity of basketball
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jerry Harkness talks about his experiences in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jerry Harkness talks about his grandfather's job as an elevator operator
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jerry Harkness describes the richness of his community in Harlem, New York City, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jerry Harkness describes growing up poor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jerry Harkness talks about his experiences in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jerry Harkness describes his interest in basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jerry Harkness describes Walter November's role in getting him on Loyola University's basketball team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jerry Harkness talks about athletes that influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jerry Harkness talks about the history of the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jerry Harkness describes college athletics recruiting in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jerry Harkness describes the challenges of adapting to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jerry Harkness describes what shaped his development as a basketball player
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jerry Harkness describes the discrimination he faced playing college basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jerry Harkness describes the most memorable basketball games he played at Loyola University Chicago pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jerry Harkness describes the most memorable basketball games he played at Loyola University pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jerry Harkness talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jerry Harkness describes the impact winning the 1963 NCAA Championship had on his loved ones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jerry Harkness talks about signing with the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jerry Harkness remembers getting cut from the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jerry Harkness talks about getting hired as the Quaker Oats Company's first black salesman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jerry Harkness describes the strain of being cut from the New York Knicks had on his marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jerry Harkness describes the significance of the American Basketball Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jerry Harkness describes trying out for the Indiana Pacers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jerry Harkness reflects upon getting cut from the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jerry Harkness talks about playing for the Indiana Pacers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Jerry Harkness describes making the longest shot in professional basketball history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Jerry Harkness considers what he would have done differently during his professional basketball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Jerry Harkness talks about leaving the Indiana Pacers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jerry Harkness describes the toll playing basketball took on his knees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jerry Harkness talks about being a sportscaster for WTHR News Channel 13 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jerry Harkness compares being a sportscaster for television and having a sports show for radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jerry Harkness talks about being hired as fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jerry Harkness describes his fundraising accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jerry Harkness describes the programs he developed working for the United Way of Greater Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jerry Harkness talks about the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jerry Harkness talks ending his involvement with the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jerry Harkness describes his involvement with 100 Black Men
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jerry Harkness comments on athletes' failure to contribute to society pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jerry Harkness comments on athletes' failure to contribute to society pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Jerry Harkness talks about black ownership of sports teams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jerry Harkness talks about minority ownership of basketball teams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jerry Harkness describes the ideal athlete
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jerry Harkness describes how being an athlete has shaped his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jerry Harkness describes how having cancer has impacted him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jerry Harkness talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jerry Harkness considers advice he would give to disenfranchised youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jerry Harkness describes the women he admired
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jerry Harkness talks about the significance of black history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jerry Harkness reflects upon his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jerry Harkness narrates his photographs