Tuesday, October 05, 2004

G4techTV - Feature - How Uhura Changed Sci-Fi TV

G4techTV - Feature - How Uhura Changed Sci-Fi TV

Often lost in pop-culture history is the significance of Nichelle’s Uhura. That role in Star Trek broke the color barrier in science-fiction storytelling. However, it took the encouragement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Nichelle to continue the role. What he said to Nichelle changed her role in Hollywood beyond being just an actress, and changed the way society viewed television forever.

Dr. King told Nichelle: "You created a role with dignity and beauty and grace and intelligence, and that is a model for not just children to emulate, but for people who don't look like us to see us to see us for the first time as equals."


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