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  • MistressDidi

    "in 1966, Uhura was the first black woman as a main character on US TV who was not a servant. NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,” but included her in almost every episode. Dr. Martin Luther King convinced Nichols to "stay on board The Enterprise" to inspire all people to see positive, female images of Black Women & Black people in the future.

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    Actress Nichell Nichols was one of the first African American women to star in a major TV role. This is her on the set of Star Trek in 1969.

  • Kirsten Romriell

    "in 1966, Uhura was the first black woman as a main character on US TV who was not a servant. NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,” but included her in almost every episode. She actually made more money than any of the other actors through this workaround, but it was still a humiliating second-class status. The network people made life hard for Nichols, constantly trying to pare down her screen time, purposefully dropping racist comments in her presence and even withholding her fan mail from her. This deplorable state of affairs led Nichols to make the decision to quit after the 1st season, but then she happened to meet the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who asked her to stick with the show, because he felt seeing her in a non-stereotypical role was so important for many in the US" #racism #equality #feminism #StarTrek #badass

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