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Nichelle NicholsAmerican Actress
Inducted in: 2015
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer, and voice artist. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966-1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures. Ms. Nichols' Star Trek character, one of the first African-American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society at the time. Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. personally praised her work on the show and asked her to remain when she was considering leaving the series. Dr. King told Ms. Nichols she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country.