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Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,'
Dies at 89

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Posted By: Dodge Boy, 7/31/2022 3:40:09 PM

Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original "Star Trek," has died at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson announced on her official Facebook page. "Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away," Johnson's statement read. "Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all."


For you Star Trekkies out there, another icon of the original Star Trek series has passed on. I hope the Romulans are happy now.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 7/31/2022 3:45:15 PM (No. 1233905)
Godspeed Lt. Uhura - you were a beautiful addition to the original Star Trek. Condolences to her family.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: erobot 7/31/2022 3:56:47 PM (No. 1233920)
Lt. Uhura was a great role model for girls in a male environment. Beautiful, feminine and a great addition to the crew. I hope they name a galaxy after you.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: sterling431 7/31/2022 4:05:38 PM (No. 1233930)
Beam her up Lord.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Timber Queen 7/31/2022 4:19:48 PM (No. 1233939)
May the perpetual light shine upon her; and God grant unto her the eternal rest. Amen. When I first watched the show as a girl I was fascinated by her voice. It was so lovely and musical. Then I just loved her character as I loved the show like everyone else. I was in 6th grade that year. Blacks on TV wasn't an issue for my parents. It was never discussed in our house, nor did I hear it mentioned at school by other kids. It really wasn't until the show had been on some months that I became aware that it was "groundbreaking!" that a black woman had a lead role on a major TV show. It was talked about on the TV news. Sister talked about it in class. My dad finally felt compelled to tell us about the year his family spent living in Birmingham, Alabama when he was a teenager, in the 1930's, and how he hated it. I guess it was a good thing. But wouldn't it have been better if the focus had been on her attributes instead of on her race? Allow the accolades for her talent, intellect and beauty instead of on her skin color? Rest in peace, gentle lady.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trump'sCousin 7/31/2022 4:22:10 PM (No. 1233944)
What a smart, elegant, beautiful example of womanhood she was! Thank you Lt. Thurs 💜
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trump'sCousin 7/31/2022 4:22:58 PM (No. 1233946)
Should be Uhura Stupid spell check
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Reply 7 - Posted by: offrope 7/31/2022 4:36:25 PM (No. 1233952)
The first interracial kiss on TV was between her and William Shatner in 1968. She was a groundbreaker.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 7/31/2022 5:01:44 PM (No. 1233970)
RIP! One of the greatest shows in TV history! The shows today called Star Trek are crap! She was a wonderful central star to the show!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Birddog 7/31/2022 5:04:03 PM (No. 1233972)
She wore red...still survived.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 7/31/2022 5:06:09 PM (No. 1233974)
The Original Star Trek would not have been outstanding except for the casting. Nichelle Nichols will always be Uhuru no matter how many Star Trek movies are made. Singing with the Duke Ellington band to being Uhuru. Yes Nichelle could really sing. What a life. Will always be remembered.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kate318 7/31/2022 5:10:23 PM (No. 1233980)
RIP, Lt. Uhura. Unlike the current reincarnations of your character, you were lovely, graceful, intelligent, and self-assured without being woke. You are now free to seek out the actual Final Frontier. Godspeed.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 7/31/2022 5:28:56 PM (No. 1233992)
Her name meant "Freedom". Her brother was one of those who committed suicide with the HeavensGate Cult.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: usmc0302 7/31/2022 6:01:53 PM (No. 1234006)
Coincidentally watched the first Star Trek episode last night. Wow what a bummer along with finding out that Bill Russel passed as well.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: GoodDeal 7/31/2022 6:21:56 PM (No. 1234016)
She is with God and God is with her family. Rest In Peace dear lady!!! Warp speed Mister Scott!!!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: varkdriver 7/31/2022 6:41:20 PM (No. 1234025)
I heard or read somewhere that Ms. Nichols was planning on leaving the show after the first season. Word is, Dr. Martin Luther King himself gave her a call and said, "Please remain on this show. You are doing a great thing by showing what someone can achieve regardless of skin color." I'm glad she stayed on.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 7/31/2022 7:15:32 PM (No. 1234044)
Farewell, beautiful and smart woman, Uhura. It's down to Captain Kirk, Sulu, and Chekov to carry the water now in this life.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MsMontana 8/1/2022 1:07:30 AM (No. 1234199)
Truly the end of an era.
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