Ah! You don’t know who the amazing Nichelle Nichols is? I’m going to hopefully try to explain quickly who she is. \(^_^)/
Nichelle Nichols is incredible. She’s 81 years old today and has paved the way for so much. In the original Star Trek she plays the first female black character to portray a main character (and not just a servant or worse). Lt. Uhura was incredibly competent and brave, rising to the ranks of Commander throughout the series, and was pretty much groundbreaking in the 60’s for representation in entertainment. There even was a point when Nichols was considering leaving Star Trek to pursue other acting opportunities and MLK persuaded her to say, saying it was important work.
Even after Star Trek, Nichols continued to volunteer with NASA to recruit female and other minorities for space travel and in doing so inspired Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, and later Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut.