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Start Trek's Nichelle Nichols discusses how Marting Luther King personally convinced her to stay in show.

by Phil Ethington

Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, discussed how Dr. Martin Luther King personally convinced her not to quit the show. Nichols was one of the first African American women featured not as a servant or a “mamie.” However, according to scholar Diana Adesola Mafe, the impact of Nichols’ character, Uhura, is that it was the first popular instance of a black woman featured in “Speculative fiction.”

Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, discussed how Dr. Martin Luther King personally convinced her not to quit the show.

Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, discussed how Dr. Martin Luther King personally convinced her not to quit the show. Nichols was one of the first African American women featured on Television not as a servant or a “mamie.”

from CNN Coverage of the 45th Anniversary of Star Trek in 2011 (2011)
Creator: CNN
Distributor: CNN
Posted by Phil Ethington
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