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Newt Winger is the main protagonist of the 1963 Gordon Parks novel, The Learning Tree, and its 1969 film adaptation of the same name. He's a poor African-American teenager who has to deal with racism growing up, had witnessed multiple tragedies, and came to the aid of a white man who's falsely accused of murder.

He was portrayed by Kyle Johnson, the son of Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols.

Why He Rocks

  1. Despite all the pain he's gone through, he managed to stay strong and focused throughout all of it.
  2. He's optimistic, caring and a good kind of rebellious. A great combination for an excellent role model for the viewers.
  3. Excellent character development. He starts of as a naïve teen who was optimistic and didn't know too much about how harshly black people like him where treated, but eventually evolves into a strong, brave independent character who always puts others before himself.
  4. His touching relationship scenes with Arcella are very sweet.
  5. He's loyal and dependable, as shown when he willingly does housework around the Kiner's household without charging him for it.
  6. Even though he knew about how black people like him were treated, he was still willing to risk everything to defend a white man he knew didn't kill commit murder like the others thought during the film's climax.
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