There was a great article in the Smithsonian about Nichelle Nichols, who okayed Lt Uhura, one of the first black woman to play something beside a maid on TV. We all know how much of an influence Star Trek has had over the last 50 years. I could start a list for example communicator/flip phone
The crew of the Enterprise was the first inter-racial show on TV, and broke a lot of barriers for actors of color and ethnicity. It has the first inter-racial kiss between Uhura and Captain Kirk.
It also had a huge effect on NASA, and the article explains it better than me, so here’s the link:
When NASA asked for help, the actress said: ‘I will bring you the most qualified people on the planet’
Nichelle almost quit the series after the first season, but a huge fan, Martin Luther King, talked her into continuing the show.
Netflix: For the Love of Spock
I also watched an outstanding biography of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock for over 50 years. It is called For the Love of Spock and streaming on Netflix right now. Spock was one the first space aliens on TV who wasn’t trying to kill all humans.
The movie was written and directed by Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy, and is full of interviews and was well worth watching. I will probably watch it a second time.Share