From the 'In Character' Blog: George Jefferson

Sherman Hemsley played George Jefferson in 'The Jeffersons'

Sherman Hemsley starred as George Jefferson alongside Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson in The Jeffersons. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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For our ongoing series on indelible American characters, listener Jeffrey Alexander Brathwaite, from Atlanta, Ga., nominates the character George Jefferson.

"As a young black boy growing up during the 70s in South Bronx, I didn't have many role models," Brathwaite writes. "But in George Jefferson I witnessed ... the fortitude and drive of a successful black businessman."

Brathwaite's complete essay can be found on The In Character Blog; the In Character radio series continues next week on All Things Considered, with a look at Charlie Chaplin's The Little Tramp, courtesy of NPR's Bob Mondello.

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