Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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Steven Q. Urkel (Jaleel White) in Family Matters

To create perhaps one of the most memorable characters in TV history, Jaleel White had to defy both nature — he managed to maintain the voice and appearance of a pre-teen well into his twenties — and expectation. Originally conceived to be a fringe character on the series, Urkel became the reason viewers tuned in for nearly a decade.

(Photo: Courtesy ABC)

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