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Gene Harris Talks Black History Month

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Throughout the entire month of February, Penn State Athletics is proudly sharing the stories of its student-athletes and coaches who have shaped Nittany Lion history.

A Nittany Lion record holder, Gene Harris served as team captain his senior season, lettering from 1960-62. During the 1961-62 season, Harris scored a record 46 points on December 27th against Holy Cross in the Quaker City Tournament.

"The early sixties were a time of transition on college campuses and sports," Harris said. "There weren't that many African American players in any of the sports."

Drawn to Penn State by way of an athletic scholarship, Harris immediately found campus to be a friendly environment as he fondly looks back at his time in Happy Valley.

In the second of a multi-part video series, hear from Harris as he recounts his experience.

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