Nichelle Nichols, From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Working With NASA

Nichelle Nichols, From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Working With NASA ...

Star Trek: The Original Series ran for three seasons between 1966 and 1969, and in the process established new ground not only in science fiction and fandom, but also in civil rights and real scientific development. Nichelle Nichols, who passed away last week at the age of 89, was the center of the program's growth.

"Is There No Truth In Beauty?" says Spock, who is also a feminized version of the Swahili word for freedom. Her name is quite appropriate as she served as the ship's fourth captain and lit the imagination of viewers with a vision of a future where one might be recognized regardless of race or gender.

Nichelle Nichols Lt. Uhura's historic kiss with Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in the Season 3 episode, "Platos Stepchildren," was the first interracial kiss in television history, and the first onscreen kiss between a Black woman and a white man. The film was released in November 1968, just seven months after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Nichelle Nichols was a trained dancer and vocalist, but she wanted to return to her first passion, which was musical theater. At the beginning of the first season, she was offered a significant role in a Broadway production. He told her to reconsider, although she had no intention of changing her mind. That Saturday, she was a celebrity guest at a fundraiser for the NAACP.

Dr. King told her that Star Trek was the only show her wife would allow their children to watch beyond their bedtime, and that for the first time on television we will be seen as we should be seen every day: as intelligent, quality, beautiful people who can sing, dance, andgo into space. Who can be lawyers, who can be teachers, who can be professors, who are in this day and yet you do not see it in television until now.

Nichols continued to push boundaries on earth and beyond when the show ended. Back then, she recalls something happening, back there: I stepped on the moon. It wasn't just Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin; I stepped on the moon." As a black person, she represented what America's space program might be like. Not 300 years from today, but today.

NASA was attempting to recruit a new group of astronauts for its space shuttle program in the 1970s, but few people responded. This was unfortunate, since NASA's credibility was already very low with women and minorities. She requested that she give a speech promoting recruitment, which she accepted under the name of her company, Women in Motion.

Nichelle completed a four-month recruiting process that included visits to various sites around the country to recruit women and minorities. She was chosen by Sally Ride, Guion S. Bluford Jr., Anna Fisher, and Ronald McNair, as well as Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair, and Fred Gregory. The first space shuttle orbiter was named on September 17, 1976.

Nichelle Nichols brought the future of Star Trek closer to the present through her role as Uhura and her work with NASA. Jemison, the first African American woman to fly in space, also credits Uhura as one of her motivations to join the organization. Both in science fiction and reality, Nichelle Nichols is a reminder to live boldly and go where no one has gone before.