Grace Nichols (1933- ), better known as Nichelle Nichols, is an American actress famous for playing Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek”, both on television, from 1966 to 1969, and in the first six films, from 1979 to 1991. Since 2009, Uhura has been played by Zoe Saldana.
“And Uhura, whose name means freedom. She walks in beauty, like the night.”
– Ambassador Kollos, 2268 (“Is There in Truth No Beauty?”)
Nichols was going to quit “Star Trek” after the first year: she was little more than “a glorified telephone operator in space,” as she put it.
But then, at a civil rights protest, she ran into a Black fan who persuaded her not to quit:
“Don’t you know you have the first non-stereotypical role in television? … For the first time the world will see us as we should be seen – people of quality in the future. You created a…
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