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Benjamin Lafayette Sisko, played by Avery Brooks, is the main character of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


Avery Brooks (born October 2, 1948, Evansville, Indiana) attended Indiana University and Oberlin College, and later completed his B.A., plus an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1976, becoming the first African American to receive a MFA in acting and directing from Rutgers. His mother, Eva Lydia Crawford Brooks was among the first African American women to earn a master's degree in music at Northwestern University.