Nichelle Nichols (far right) in Star Trek. Image from 2017
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“Last night my mother Nichelle Nichols died of natural causes. But its light, like the ancient galaxies we now see for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration from. Her life was well lived and as such she is a role model for us all,” Johnson wrote in his post, asking fans to respect the family’s privacy.

Nichelle Nichols (far right) in Star Trek.  Picture from 1988

Nichols was the first African-American actress to star in a science fiction series.

Her character Uhura also kissed Captain Kirk in one of the episodes, which was the first on-screen kiss between a white man and an African-American woman. In the era of racial prejudice that prevailed in the United States in the 1960s, this caused numerous controversies, writes the ČSFD server.

She often recalled that the Reverend and black activist Martin Luther King was the founder of the series, who praised her role and personally encouraged her to stay with the series, writes the AP agency.