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Star, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"

Jesse Williams: Biography at a Glance

  • Best known as 'Dr. Jackson Avery' on ABC's hit series Grey's Anatomy
  • Senior producer and correspondent for EPIX docuseries America Divided with Norman Lear
  • Executive produced the 2016 documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website
  • Host of sports and culture-themed podcast Open Run, through a partnership with LeBron James' digital network, Uninterrupted
  • Gained international attention for his acceptance speech when presented with the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award as a champion of civil rights

 

Biography

Jesse Williams is an activist/actor/entrepreneur and former high school teacher. He plays ‘Dr. Jackson Avery’ in ABC’s hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” and has appeared in films including Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Band Aid” and the upcoming “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Selah and the Spades.” He will make his feature directorial debut with the upcoming film “Till.”

Williams is the co-founder of the Ebroji Mobile App, a popular cultural language keyboard and BLeBRiTY game, a very successful black culturally centered mobile game. He's also a partner and board member of Scholly, a mobile app that has connected students directly to over 80 million dollars in unclaimed scholarships.

Jesse served as senior producer and correspondent alongside Norman Lear for their EPIX docuseries “America Divided.” He executive produced the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” which premiered summer 2016 and is currently touring internationally. Williams co-hosts the sports and culture-themed podcast, “Open Run” with Lebron James' and Maverick Carter's Uninterrupted Network.

Williams is founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a series of transmedia art installations on display as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's permanent collection. Their curriculum and content is available for a limited time at QuestionBridge.com.

Williams gained international attention for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. He is also the youngest to sit on the Board of Directors for both Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization and Harry Belafonte’s arts and social justice organization, Sankofa.org.

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