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The Actress Who Changed Television (and NASA) Forever

Live long and prosper? Nichelle Nichols sure has. At the height of the American civil rights movement, she played “Star Trek’s” Lieutenant Uhura—then one of television’s few confident, strong Black female characters. It was a trailblazing role she nearly walked away from—until a certain legendary activist and super fan intervened. Who knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Trekkie?