Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an American science fiction TV series and a spinoff from the original Star Trek. Almost all of the drama takes place at an outpost – a United Federation of Planets space station called Deep Space Nine (DS9) – belonging to spiritual people called the Bjorans.
DS9 is headed by Commander Benjamin Sisko (played by Avery Brooks), whose small Federation crew is influential. The outpost doesn’t travel but is located at the edge of a wormhole. So DS9 is a checkpoint for travelers before they enter the farthest reaches of space through the wormhole. Not surprisingly many different species come and go.
Avery Brooks, the actor who portrays Sisko, was a part-time university professor before becoming part of the Star Trek franchise. His mother was one of the first African-American women to receive an Masters degree in music at Northwestern University, USA.
He says he accepted the role to provide black children “who are planning their own funerals the chance to think the long thought, to believe that our people will be alive 300 years hence.”¹
Brooks has appeared in several TV shows and films. He is also a singer who recorded a cd with sax player James Spaulding as a tribute to Duke Ellington.