NICHELLE NICHOLS

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Nichelle Nichols (Grace Dell Nichols), actor and singer, born 28 December 1932; died 30 July 2022.

The actor and singer Nichelle Nichols, who has died aged 89, was one of the first black women to be featured on American television in a non-subservient role when she played the communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series (1966-69). She was also involved in the US’s first small-screen kiss between a black woman and a white man, Uhura and Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner), in 1968.

When Nichols considered leaving Star Trek at the end of the first run, a chance meeting with the civil rights leader Martin Luther King at a fundraising event changed her mind. “He said I had the first non-stereotypical role, I had a role with honour, dignity and intelligence,” she recalled in a 2011 television programme. “He said: ‘You simply cannot abdicate. This is an
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NICHELLE NICHOLS Down To Earth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down To Earth
Vocal Jazz 1967
NICHELLE NICHOLS Uhura Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Uhura Sings
Exotica 1986
NICHELLE NICHOLS Out Of This World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Of This World
Exotica 1991

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Dark Side of the Moon
Exotica 1974

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