CHICAGO (AP/CBS) — Nichelle Nichols, who gained fame as communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” tv collection, has died at the age of 89.
Her son Kyle Johnson stated Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.
“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. 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,” Johnson wrote on her official Facebook web page Sunday. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”
Her position within the 1966-69 collection as Lt. Uhura earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the collection’ rabid followers, known as Trekkers and Trekkies. It additionally earned her accolades for breaking stereotypes that had restricted Black ladies to performing roles as servants and included an interracial onscreen kiss with co-star William Shatner that was extraordinary at the time.
Nichols was the primary African American girl on tv to play a most important cast position within the (*89*)-Fi collection. She was ready to go away the collection however stayed after Martin Luther King satisfied her of the significance of the position. She typically recalled how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of the present and praised her position.
Like different original cast members, Nichols additionally appeared in six big-screen spinoffs beginning in 1979 with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and frequented “Star Trek” fan conventions. She additionally served for a few years as a NASA recruiter, serving to carry minorities and girls into the astronaut corps.
More lately, she had a recurring position on tv’s “Heroes,” enjoying the great-aunt of a younger boy with mystical powers.