Best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura, the communications officer on the original ‘Star Trek’ television series, Nichelle Nichols is one of the first African-American women to be cast in a role other than stereotyped black maid or nanny.
"in Uhura was the first black woman as a main character on US TV who was not a servant. NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,”
Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols. As a girl, seeing such an intelligent, beautiful black woman on television let me know the future held a place for me and all people of color. Thank you Nichelle Nichols and Octavia Butler.