Jan. 14, 2006
CHICAGO - Jerry Harkness, a member of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team that captured the 1963 NCAA Championship, will be a key figure in the university's Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Harkness will be the keynote speaker and part of a panel discussion that will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Mullady Theater in Centennial Forum Student Union on the Lake Shore Campus.
Born in Harlem, Harkness enjoyed a stories career at Loyola as he accumulated 1,749 points, which currently ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. A two-time All-American, he was drafted by the New York Knicks following his playing days in Rogers Park.
Harkness has devoted much of his time to civil rights issues by serving with the Indiana Human Rights Commission. He was also active with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1969-73. Currently, Harkness serves as executive director of the Indianapolis Chapter of 100 Black Men.