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Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols Google the story about the time Dr. King told her she couldn't quit the show!

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Nichelle Nichols! Lt. Uhura made being a black, sexy, and intelligent 'in'! What a great image to help build a girl's self-image.

Nichelle Nichols! Lt. Uhura made being a black, sexy, and intelligent 'in'! What a great image to help build a girl's self-image.

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© Chester Higgins - one of the first black women I saw on TV. She ensure blacks were in the next generation/galaxy. Over 80 and gorgeous.

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Nichelle Nichols sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. As Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, she became one of the first images of black women on tv who weren't servants. She wanted to leave the show to pursue a Broadway career but Martin Luther King Jr. persauded her to stay on as a role model and door opener for other African American roles. The role served as an inspiration to future astronaut Mae Jemison, who would become the first real astronaut to appear on Star…

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