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.
Avery Brooks. Because Captain Sisko was the most awesome Star Trek captain, ever. (Also, because after watching Shatner's documentary, I felt he was the only one still actively pursuing legit artistry.)