Entertainment · August 6, 2022

MLK convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay with Star Trek

LATE Actress Nichelle Nichols once came close to retiring from her role as Lieutenant Uhura in the film star trek Franchise. But thanks to the advice of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Nichols decided to continue performing as a cult figure.

In a 2011 interview with US National Public Radio (NPR), Nichols explained that she lost interest in her character when the first season ended in 1967. Although Nichols was breaking barriers as one of the few black actresses on television at the time, Nichols thought Uhura didn’t agree with her.

“I grew up with musical theater. For me, the highlight and epitome of my life as a singer and actor and dancer/choreographer was performing on Broadway,” said Nichols, who passed away on July 30 at the age of 89.

She added, “I went in to tell Gene Roddenberry I was leaving after season one and he was very upset about it.” However, he told her to “take the weekend and think about what I do.” trying to reach here on this show”.

Roddenberry said in later interviews that this was because Nichols was “an integral part” of the series. And just that weekend, Nichols met Reverend King at a fundraiser.

King, who was a “trekker,” also persuaded her to stay at home star trek when she told him about her plans to quit. Nichols recalled King telling her, “Don’t you see what this man (Roddenberry) has achieved? For the first time, around the world, we are being seen as we are meant to be seen.

“Do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our young children to stay up and watch?”

After much deliberation, she agreed to continue and has since inspired generations of black viewers and women with her role. One of them was Zoe Saldana, who later portrayed Uhura in the JJ Abrams adaptation. The actress hailed Nichols as an icon who paved the way for many women of color.