Martin Luther King came to consider that “the first non-stereotypical role played by a black woman in the history of television” was hers in 1966
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American actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the science fiction television series ‘Star Trek’, has died at the age of 89.
Your son Kyle Johnson has reported that his mother died on Saturday night “of natural causes.” “Its light, however, like that of the ancient galaxies we see now for the first time, will remain with us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and inspire us,” Johnson said in a statement posted on Nichols’ official website, uhura .com. “His was a life well lived and he was a model for all of us,” he added.
The presence of Nichols, a black actress, in 1966 on a prime-time television series was a rarity. Until then, African-American women appeared as domestic workers or much smaller roles, while Uhura was one more member of the multicultural crew of the ship ‘Enterprise’.
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Martin Luther King He came to consider it “the first non-stereotyped role played by a black woman in the history of television,” recalls CNN.
In fact, he was the protagonist of one of the first kisses between people of different races when his character kissed the protagonist, Captain James Kirkplayed by white Canadian William Shatner.
Nichols herself highlighted in an interview in 2014 that this kiss “changed television forever And it also changed the way people looked at each other.”
The series lasted three seasons and after that Nichols dedicated himself to the space race. He helped the US space agency, NASA, become more diverse with a program to recruit astronauts like Sally Ride, Judith Resnik or Guion Bluford.