Nichelle Nichols' Death: A Remarkable Woman in a Remarkable Role J.J. Abrams, George Takei, and Others

Nichelle Nichols' Death: A Remarkable Woman in a Remarkable Role J.J. Abrams, George Takei, and Othe ...

Nichelle Nichols's passing at the age of 89 on Saturday night was a shock to the entire Star Trek fandom. Not only did it lose one of the original cast members, but it lost one of the greatest ambassadors for many of the values it has always embraced: diversity, boundary pushing, space exploration, and kindness.

Nyota Uhura was played by Nichelle Nichols throughout the original Star Trek series three-season broadcast run and in six subsequent films. In 1968, she shared one of the first major interracial kisses with her co-star William Shatner.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who famously dissuaded her from leaving the program, described her as intelligent, quality, beautiful, and capable people who can dance, professors, and lawyers. She emphasized that her role on the show was ultimately necessary because he could replace the character with anyone, even an alien.

Nichols decided to stay on Star Trek, and King was not the only fan who was grateful to see her stay. On Sunday, famous friends and former colleagues came out in droves to pay their condolences and pay tribute to Nichols' incredible life. Follow the link for more updates on the memorials to Nichols from major figures in the Star Trek universe and other famous Trekkies.

Nichelle Nichols, a pioneering, incomparable lady who blazed the ship with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, passed away today at the age of 89. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes are bright, my dear friend.

George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) is scheduled to arrive on July 31, 2022.

I am sad to hear of her passing, but am also encouraged by the knowledge that she paved the path for so many of us with her grace, beauty, ability, intelligence, and dedication to humanity. #godess #queen

LeVar Burton (@levarburton) will be available on July 31, 2022.

Nichelle, you will be greatly missed. Sending much love and respect.

JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) is scheduled to tweet on July 31, 2022.

Nichelle was a true inspiration. She was the one who really opened my eyes to what Star Trek is and can be. It goes on and on. 1/2

Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) will be available on July 31, 2022.

Nichelle Nichols, a Star Trek actor, trailblazer, and role model, died in the life of many, and she inspired generations to strive for the stars.

NASA (@NASA) will publish data on the 31st of July, 2022.

Nichelle Nichols told us that we belong in outer space. We are infinite. The heavens have gained an Uhura today.

Colman Domingo (@colmandomingo) will be available on July 31, 2022.

Nichelle Nichols, a world-class athlete, is the subject of a few of my most treasured photographs. Her kindness and bravery lit the path for many. May she always reside among the stars.

Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) will be available for interviews on July 31, 2022.

Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original STAR TREK series and who pioneered new knowledge, has died at the age of 89.

Stephen King (@StephenKing) will be available on the 31st of July 2022.

Before we realized how much #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols modeled it for us, she reflected on who we are as individuals of color and encouraged us to strive for our potential

Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) will be on the internet until July 31, 2022.

My favorite photo of Dad and Nichelle Nichols on set. Nichelle's legacy cannot be overstated. She was loved and will be missed.

Adam Nimoy (@adam_nimoy) on the 31st of July 2022.