By Savas Abadsidis
On this day that marks the historic contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, we’d like to offer you this wonderful heartwarming piece of history that reveals some of the humanity and far reaching impact of Dr. King.
Last week, I interviewed actress and performer Nichelle Nichols for an upcoming new magazine called KISS, which will also feature work by Eric Francis. Nichelle has an upcoming one woman show called ‘Reflections’, wherein she becomes eight legendary African-American performers including Lena Horne, Mahalia Jackson, Sara Vaughn, Etta James and Lady Day among others. The show is a tour of American history through their music with brief monologues to put them in context.
Nichelle herself has made history over the years, playing the role of Lt. Commander (later Commander) Uhura on the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Star Trek TV show and series of movies. Nichols was among the first prominent African American actors to regularly appear on a network TV show in a capacity other than a maid or subservient role to a white character. Yes, Kirk was in command, but we also know that he had respectful relationships with his crew; that he viewed them as colleagues and was respected by them as their leader.
Nichols would go on and serve as a spokesperson for NASA and the NAACP, and literally be the inspiration for hundreds of African-Americans to join NASA. Among these was Mae Jamison, whom Nichols met when Jamison was at Cornell Medical School and who Nichols personally inspired to become an astronaut upon completion of her medical degree.
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