Endorsed by Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is a peerless acting talent and civil rights pioneer. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the original series of Star Trek and its related films. This included taking part in the first interracial kiss ever on network television with William Shatner, who played Captain James Tiberius Kirk.
Dr. Martin Luther King once asked to meet Nichols and said, “Yes, Ms. Nichols, I am your greatest fan.” He said, “Don’t you understand what this man [Roddenberry] has achieved? 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 and dance, yes, but who can go into space, who can be lawyers and teachers, who can be professors—who are in this day, yet you don’t see it on television until now.”
When Star Trek first was first on TV, a young African-American girl named Caryn Elaine Johnson saw Nichols as Uhura, and ran through the house exclaiming, “Mama! Everyone! Come quick! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!” Johnson grew up to be Whoopi Goldberg, and starred as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation herself.
Nichols has also done tremendous work in furthering female and African-American presence in scientific fields, especially space exploration, and has worked with NASA on a number of occasions. The first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison, specifically credits Nichols with her career in spaceflight. Jemison had a guesting role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Here at Autistic Reality, where we fight every day for diversity representation in entertainment, we view Nichelle Nichols as the epitome of that goal. We are honored and humbled to have her endorsement.
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