In memory of
Cecil J. Banks Attorney and community advocate Cecil J. Banks transitioned on May 12, 2018, at home after a long illness. Viewing will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 241 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall, N.J., followed by the funeral service on Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at the church. Cecil was born on Sept. 27, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of the late Otis and Mary Louise (Watkins) Banks. He graduated from Chofu High School in Tokyo, Japan, and earned degrees from Duquesne University, (B.A.); University of Pittsburgh, (M.P.A.) and Rutgers University Law School (J.D.). Mr. Banks was active in Essex County politics for many years and worked with community organizations and church leaders to bring about positive change in the African-American community. He is survived by his loving wife, Margot; daughters, Kimberly MacKay (Craig), Imani Banks, son Jamaal Banks, grandchildren Cameron MacKay, Kayla MacKay and Matteo Banks, sister June Stevens of Phoenix, Ariz., other family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rutgers University Foundation with the notation, "in support of The Cecil J. Banks Memorial Scholarship Fund." Please send donations to Robert Steinbaum, Associate Dean for Advancement, Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Newark, N.J. 07102.
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