Nichelle Nichols, who famously portrayed Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek, brought representation tot he screen at a time when there was so little of it, and used her platform to recruit women and people of colour to NASA, has passed away, aged 89.
Her son, Kyle Johnson, shared the sad news in a statement on her website:
“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years. Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”
Swipe below for a small glimpse of the out-of-this-world impact she had on so many:
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