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Sherman Hemsley starred as George Jefferson alongside Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson in The Jeffersons.
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.