Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols, who became a role model for Black actresses playing the role of Lt. Nyota Uhura 

“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away,” Kyle Johnson wrote on Nichols’...

In 1966, she was one of the first Black actresses to be cast in a major TV role. She played the translator and...

In the early 1960s, Nichols began her career by acting in plays and musicals, modelling, and even singing with Duke Ellington...

A few years later, in 1966, Roddenberry cast her as the Enterprise’s communications officer in Star Trek. This was a...

She tried to leave the show after one season to go back to Broadway, but after meeting Martin Luther King Jr., she changed her...

Nichols said of the moment when she realised how important Nyota Uhura was, “I think it was a moment when I really...

Nichols helped NASA find women and people of colour to be astronaut candidates after the show was cancelled.