Actress Nichelle Nichols, ‘Star Trek’ Lt. Uhura, has died

The actress Nichelle Nicholswho played Lieutenant Uhara in the television series “Star Trek”, has died at the age of 89, his son announced on his Facebook page on Sunday.

“Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and died“Kyle Johnson, his son, wrote on the official Nichols Facebook page. “His light, however, like ancient galaxies seen now for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and inspire. “, concluded Johnson.

Nichols’ interpretation of the role of Uhura helped break down racial barriers on TV showing an African American woman in a position of authority. nichols too shared with actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk) one of american tv interracial couple first kisses.

They did it in the episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”, broadcast in 1968, in the midst of a battle for the civil rights of African-Americans in the United States.

nichols I intended to leave the show after his first season working on Broadway, as he later recounted in various interviews, but the Reverend and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. made him change his mind.

As he explained, Luther King Jr. told him that his role in the series “Star Trek” showed the children and women of the African-American community in the United States that they could have the same rights as white people and therefore he had to continue to act and bring Nyota Uhura to life.

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Her presence on television has had an influence on other actors such as African American Whoopi Goldberg, who has said on several occasions that when she was a child and watched “Star Trek”, she used to to shout to his family: “Come on, come on quickly. There’s a black woman in the house!” TV and it’s not a maid!”

After his role in “Star Trek”, Nichols worked as NASA spokespersonwhere he sought to inspire a new generation of “fearless” astronauts eager to learn, according to the actress’ official website.

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