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July 31, 2022 3:50 pm  #1

Another TV Icon Gone - & This One Was Groundbreaking

Nichelle Nichols only really had one major role in her acting career - but it made a major impression. She starred as Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek and some of the subsequent movies, one of the first Black actors to portray a respected and competent officer and an equal onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. 

The famous story is that she wanted to quit the show but was dissuaded by none other than Martin Luther King Jr., who urged her to keep going so young Black viewers could see her as a role model. She was also involved in the first real inter-racial kiss on that show, when she apparently locked lips in a scene with William Shatner, a plot point that caused an uproar in some parts of the more unenlightened southern U.S. 

She was 89.

Nichelle Nichols, Uhura in ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89


July 31, 2022 5:25 pm  #2

Re: Another TV Icon Gone - & This One Was Groundbreaking

After giving a speech that criticized the lack of female and minority NASA personnel in both what we now refer to as the STEM fields and the astronaut corps; the space agency invited her to take an official role in helping to resolve the issue.

Her first assignment would result in a continued relationship with the space program,  long after she completed this project.

Last edited by Media Observer (July 31, 2022 5:31 pm)


July 31, 2022 10:54 pm  #3

Re: Another TV Icon Gone - & This One Was Groundbreaking

so many people are paying tribute to Nichelle Nichols, including her Star Trek family and extended family 🖖🕯️