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Tribute to James Avery

UCSD, Thurgood Marshall College

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Tribute to James Avery

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You are invited to join UC San Diego in a campus wide tribute in memory of famed actor, poet and UC San Diego alumnus James Avery, ‘76. On Saturday, March 1st, we will honor Mr. Avery’s life, career, and legacy through an afternoon of theater, live music, personal reflections and poetry readings.  Key artistic and historic participants will include Cecil Lytle, Arthur Wagner, Monique Gaffney, Jorge Huerta, John Wesley, members of the African American theater community, and a Daphne Maxwell Reid from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: UC, San Diego Mandell Weiss Forum

UC San Diego Theatre District

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
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About James Avery

Best known as "Philip Banks" - the judge and uncle/patriarch to Will Smith - on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996), Mr. James Avery was a classically trained UC San Diego actor and scholar. James Avery’s long playing character was ranked #34 in TV Guide’s "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time." A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.  In addition to his sitcom popularity, he has lent his voice to over a dozen animated television series and features. He also had been the primary host of the popular PBS travel and adventure series Going Places (1997). Avery was a strong champion of UC San Diego, returning often to his alma mater as a featured guest and Commencement speaker in both 2007 and 2012.


The James Avery Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor his achievements and support the dreams of undergraduate students. The family intends the scholarships to be awarded to students pursuing studies in the performing arts. Give Now


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Primary Contact: Sarah Turner tmcprovost@ucsd.edu


Have questions about Tribute to James Avery? Contact UCSD, Thurgood Marshall College

When & Where

UCSD, Mandell Weiss Forum Theater
9500 Gilman Dr.
Dept 0344
La Jolla, CA 92093

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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