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American actress Michelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura in the series 'Star Trek', dies

MADRID, 31 Jul.

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American actress Michelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura in the series 'Star Trek', dies

MADRID, 31 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) -

American actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the science fiction television series 'Star Trek', has died at the age of 89.

His son Kyle Johnson has reported that his mother died on Saturday night "of natural causes." "Its light, however, like that of the ancient galaxies we are now seeing for the first time, will remain with us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and inspire us," Johnson said in a statement posted on Nichols' official website, uhura. .com. "His was a life well lived and he was a role model for all of us," he added.

The presence of Nichols, a black actress, in 1966 in a television series broadcast in prime time was a rarity. Until then, African-American women appeared as domestic workers or much smaller roles, while Uhura was one more member of the multicultural crew of the ship 'Enterprise'.

Martin Luther King came to consider it "the first non-stereotyped role played by a black woman in the history of television," recalls CNN.

In fact, he was the protagonist of one of the first kisses between people of different races when his character kissed the protagonist, Captain James Kirk, played by white Canadian William Shatner.

Nichols herself noted in a 2014 interview that the kiss "changed television forever and also changed the way people looked at each other."

The series lasted three seasons and after that Nichols devoted himself to the space race. He helped the US space agency, NASA, become more diverse with a program to recruit astronauts like Sally Ride, Judith Resnik, and Guion Bluford.

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