Nichelle Nichols [RIP] | Interviews & reflections on a monumental human

Nichelle Nichols (/nɪˈʃɛl/, born Grace Dell Nichols; December 28, 1932 – July 30, 2022)[1] was an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels. Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was ground-breaking for African American actresses on American television.[2] From 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA‘s programs, and to recruit diverse astronauts, including women and ethnic minorities.[3][4] Grace Dell Nichols was born the third of six children on December 28, 1932,[5][6][7] in Robbins, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, to Samuel Earl Nichols, a factory worker who was elected…

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