Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89 (11)

Jul 31, 2022 3:02 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original “Star Trek,” has died at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson announced on her official Facebook page.

“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away,” Johnson’s statement read. “Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”

As Uhura, Nichols was one of the first Black women ever to play a main cast role on a television series, as “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry wanted the crew of the USS Enterprise to come from many diverse backgrounds. Uhura, whose surname came from the Swahili word for “freedom,” was the ship’s communications officer with expertise in linguistics.

After the show’s first season wrapped in 1966, Nichols planned to leave “Star Trek” to pursue roles on Broadway despite Roddenberry’s pleas to stay. But she changed her mind after an unexpected meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an NAACP event, where the civil rights leader told her that his entire family watched “Trek” together. When Nichols told her she was going to leave the show, he urged her to reconsider.

“‘You cannot, you cannot…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, and can go to space, who are professors, lawyers,'” Nichols recalled King saying to her in a 2013 interview. “‘If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a black role, and is not a female role, he can fill it with anybody even an alien.'”

Nichols stayed for all three seasons of “Trek,” with arguably her most famous scene coming in the 1968 episode “Plato’s Stepchildren,” where the Enterprise crew are held hostage by a telekinetic race called the Platonians and forced via mind control into humiliating situations. In one such situation, Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, was forced to kiss Uhura. While not the first, it was the most prominent instance at the time of an interracial kiss on American television.

After “Trek” ended in 1969, Nichols played Uhura again on “Star Trek: The Animated Series” in 1973 and 1974, with her most famous performance being in the episode “The Lorelei Signal” in which Uhura takes command of the Enterprise. She also starred alongside the rest of the “Trek” cast in six feature films, with Uhura being promoted to commander in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Off the set, Nichols used her “Trek” fame to call on NASA to expand its astronaut program to women and people of color. This led to a partnership between NASA and Nichols’ new science foundation, Women in Motion, to bring diversity to the space program. Thanks in large part to this program, Sally Ride became the first woman in space in 1983, while Air Force Col. Guion Bluford became the first Black astronaut that same year. A documentary about Nichols work with Women in Motion was released in 2019.

Nichols made her final public appearance at Los Angeles Comic Con this past December. She is survived by her son, Kyle.
Jul 31, 2022 3:05 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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Jul 31, 2022 3:07 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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That’s the problem with old people .
They get to a certain age then die .
Jul 31, 2022 3:41 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
Youcannow: That’s the problem with old people .
They get to a certain age then die .
Then you are a success exceeding your used-by-date then. Don't you have any respect for anyone or even yourself? dunno
Jul 31, 2022 3:45 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
Didi7: Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original “Star Trek,” has died at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson announced on her official Facebook page.

“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away,” Johnson’s statement read. “Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”

As Uhura, Nichols was one of the first Black women ever to play a main cast role on a television series, as “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry wanted the crew of the USS Enterprise to come from many diverse backgrounds. Uhura, whose surname came from the Swahili word for “freedom,” was the ship’s communications officer with expertise in linguistics.

After the show’s first season wrapped in 1966, Nichols planned to leave “Star Trek” to pursue roles on Broadway despite Roddenberry’s pleas to stay. But she changed her mind after an unexpected meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an NAACP event, where the civil rights leader told her that his entire family watched “Trek” together. When Nichols told her she was going to leave the show, he urged her to reconsider.

“‘You cannot, you cannot…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, and can go to space, who are professors, lawyers,'” Nichols recalled King saying to her in a 2013 interview. “‘If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a black role, and is not a female role, he can fill it with anybody even an alien.'”

Nichols stayed for all three seasons of “Trek,” with arguably her most famous scene coming in the 1968 episode “Plato’s Stepchildren,” where the Enterprise crew are held hostage by a telekinetic race called the Platonians and forced via mind control into humiliating situations. In one such situation, Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, was forced to kiss Uhura. While not the first, it was the most prominent instance at the time of an interracial kiss on American television.

After “Trek” ended in 1969, Nichols played Uhura again on “Star Trek: The Animated Series” in 1973 and 1974, with her most famous performance being in the episode “The Lorelei Signal” in which Uhura takes command of the Enterprise. She also starred alongside the rest of the “Trek” cast in six feature films, with Uhura being promoted to commander in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Off the set, Nichols used her “Trek” fame to call on NASA to expand its astronaut program to women and people of color. This led to a partnership between NASA and Nichols’ new science foundation, Women in Motion, to bring diversity to the space program. Thanks in large part to this program, Sally Ride became the first woman in space in 1983, while Air Force Col. Guion Bluford became the first Black astronaut that same year. A documentary about Nichols work with Women in Motion was released in 2019.

Nichols made her final public appearance at Los Angeles Comic Con this past December. She is survived by her son, Kyle.
sad flower not unlike a lot of people, I had a huge crush on Nichelle first time I saw her on the tv series star trek. She commanded the deck on the starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701.
Jul 31, 2022 3:53 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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Not only was she a gorgeous lady, she knew the definition of class.

I have many good memories of watching Star Trek with my dad...

Rest In Peace...sad flower
Jul 31, 2022 4:01 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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galrads: Then you are a success exceeding your used-by-date then. Don't you have any respect for anyone or even yourself?
Don’t talk about respect to me .
I would never mourn anyone’s death , unless they mourned mine .
If I was to mourn every actress or influential famous person who died , I’d spend half my life mourning .
Jul 31, 2022 5:10 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
Youcannow: Don’t talk about respect to me .
I would never mourn anyone’s death , unless they mourned mine .
If I was to mourn every actress or influential famous person who died , I’d spend half my life mourning .
These memorials are more like celebrations of life mr. Ycn.

NASA Recruiter ~ 1977

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Jul 31, 2022 5:59 PM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
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Phenomenal Woman
BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s SHE.

RIP Uhurasad flower
Aug 1, 2022 2:33 AM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
Loved Star Trek and Lt. Uhura! R.I.P.sad flower
Aug 1, 2022 5:50 AM CST Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
Didi7: Nichols stayed for all three seasons of “Trek,” with arguably her most famous scene coming in the 1968 episode “Plato’s Stepchildren,” where the Enterprise crew are held hostage by a telekinetic race called the Platonians and forced via mind control into humiliating situations. In one such situation, Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, was forced to kiss Uhura. While not the first, it was the most prominent instance at the time of an interracial kiss on American television.
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