Avery Brooks '70

Photo by Joseph Moran

Avery Brooks has had a long and illustrious career on stage, film, and television. While he is perhaps best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire, and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, theater-goers know him for his compelling portrayal of Paul Robeson on Broadway and in theaters across the country. An accomplished classical actor and Evansville, Ind., native, he played King Lear at Yale Rep, and Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., where he also recently played the title role in Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine. He played the lead role in the Anthony Davis opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. Since completing his studies at Oberlin, Brooks has returned to campus several times: as the college’s first artist in residence, teacher of the Black Arts Workshop, and for performances including Paul Robeson. In 1996, the college awarded him an honorary doctorate. A dedicated educator, he has also taught at Case Western Reserve and Rutgers universities, and served as artistic director of the biannual National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.

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