Uhura – Tribute To Nichelle Nichols (1932 – 2022) by Daniel Arrhakis (2022)
Nichelle Nichols, born Grace Dell Nichols in December 28 of 1932, was an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek series, a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics, cryptography, and philology.
Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was ground-breaking for African American actresses on American television.
From 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA’s programs, and to recruit diverse astronauts, including women and ethnic minorities.
In 1982, Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his novel Friday to her. Asteroid 68410 Nichols is named in her honor.
She helped break ground on TV by showing a Black woman in a position of authority and who shared with co-star William Shatner one of the first interracial kisses on American prime-time television.
This is my tribute to a unique Woman and actress !