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Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura in Star Trek, dies

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African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, known for having played Nyota Uhura in the famous science-fiction series Star Trek (Star Trek)died this Saturday (July 30) night at the age of 89, his son announced on Facebook this Sunday.

“I am sorry to inform you that a great light in the sky no longer shines for us as it has for so many years. Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and died,” the actress’s son, Kyle, wrote on Facebook. Johnson.

The message was accompanied by a photo of the star that Nichols has on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and on which a bouquet of roses was seen.

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Nichelle’s appearance on “Star Trek” helped break down racial barriers on American TV. AP Photo

Nichols’ portrayal of the role of Uhura helped break down racial barriers on television by portraying an African-American woman in a position of authority.

Nichols also shared with actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk) one of the first kisses of an interracial couple of American television.

They did it in the episode Plato’s Stepchildrenissued in 1968, in the midst of the battle for the civil rights of African Americans in the United States.

Nichols had intended to leave the series after its first season to work on Broadway, according to several subsequent interviews; but, the reverend and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. changed his mind.

As he explained, Luther King Jr. told him that his role in the series star trek was showing children and women in the African-American community in the US that they could have the same rights as whites and that, for that reason, he had to continue acting and giving life to Nyota Uhura.

The "Star Trek" crew about to set off again with Captain Kirk at the helm.  And among all of them, Nyota Uhura (Nichelle).

The “Star Trek” crew about to set off again with Captain Kirk at the helm. And among all of them, Nyota Uhura (Nichelle).

Her presence on television had an influence on other actors such as the African-American Whoopi Goldberg, who on several occasions has said that when she was a child and watched star trek she used to yell at her family, “Come on, come on quickly. There’s a black woman on TV and she’s not a maid!”

Like so many times, the cast of "Star trek" continued to garner the affection of the public at various events.  AP Photo

Like so many times, the cast of “Star trek” continued to garner the affection of the public in different events. AP Photo

After his role in star trekNichols worked as a spokesperson for NASA, where she sought to inspire a new generation of “intrepid” astronauts with a desire to learn, according to the official website of the actress.

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