Nichelle Nichols

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  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Before I became an actor I started out as a dancer!
  • Accomplishments
  • I was a major influence on TV!
  • ‘Nichelle, whether you like it or not, you have become an symbol. If you leave, they can replace you with a blonde haired white girl, and it will be like you were never there. What you’ve accomplished, for all of us, will only be real if you stay.’-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (quote from www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Importance
  • Nichelle Nichols was born on December 28, 1932 in Illinois. She is still alive and is currently 84 years old. She started off her career as a dancer and vocalist, but eventually went into acting. Her biggest hit was Star Trek which audiences loved her in as a strong confident African American woman.
  • Nichelle Nichols helped encourage NASA to hire more women and minorities. She was part of on of TV's first interracial kisses in 'Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren'. She had considered quitting the show, but was encouraged by Martin Luther King Jr. to stay on because of the impact it was having.
  • Nichelle Nichols was an important and strong African American woman. Her work in the acting field encouraged other African Americans and women to believe in themselves. “There’s a black lady on television, and she ain’t no maid!” —Whoopi Goldberg, circa 1966. Despite the fact that she was often harassed for her role on the TV Martin Luther King Jr. and other influences encouraged her to stay, and we are lucky that she did.
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