late Actress Nichelle Nichols was on the verge of giving up her role as Lieutenant Uhura in star trek Franchise business. But thanks to the advice of Reverend Martin Luther King, Nichols decided to continue starring as an iconic character.
In a 2011 interview with NPR, Nichols explained that she lost interest in her character once the first season ended in 1967. Despite breaking barriers as one of the few black actresses on television at the time, Nichols thought Ahura didn’t get along with her.
I grew up in musical theatre. Nichols, who passed away at the age of 89 on July 30, said:
She added, “I went to tell Gene Roddenberry that I was leaving after season one and he was very upset about it.” However, he told her to “take a weekend off and think about what I’m trying to achieve here on this show.”
Roddenberry said in later interviews that this was because Nichols was “an integral part” of the series. And that very weekend, Nichols bumped into Reverend King at a fundraiser.
King, who was an “amusement park”, also persuaded her to stay star trek When she told him about her plans to quit smoking. Nichols remembered King telling her, “Don’t you understand what this guy (Roddenberry) has accomplished? For the first time, we’re watching around the world as we should be seeing.”
“Do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our young children to watch?”
After much thought, she agreed to stay, and has since inspired generations of black viewers and women in turn. One of them was Zoe Saldana, who later portrayed Uhura in the J.J. Abrams adaptation. Actress Nichols was hailed as an icon who lit the path of many women of color.