Ben - The first black man in Brewster Place, this character arrived in 1953, just prior to the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Topeka decision.
Kiswana Browne - This character leaves her middle-class family, turning her back on an upbringing that she feels ignored her heritage.
Melanie Browne - See Kiswana Browne
Butch Fuller - This character succeeds in seducing Mattie and, unbeknown to him, is the father of the baby she carries when she leaves Rock Vale, Tennessee.
Etta Mae Johnson - This character grew up with another character in Rock Vale, Tennessee, and while they are complete opposites, they have remained friends throughout the years, providing comfort to one another at difficult times in their lives.
Cora Lee - This character loves making and having babies, even though she does not really like men.
Lorraine - See The Two
Basil Michael - This character is named...
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