Nichelle Nichols, who has died aged 89, was a pioneer and a TV legend. Her depiction of Star Trek’s Lt Nyota Uhura helped break down barriers and show several generations of young Americans a different way forward in a country often riven by racism and racial conflict. As US President Joe Biden put it: ‘Our nation has lost a trailblazer of stage and screen who redefined what is possible for Black Americans and women”.
Needless to say, her death has been met with an outpouring of dedications, tributes and fond memories on social media. Former collaborators, Trekkers, Hollywood colleagues, friends and family have all shared their love for Nichols – and the USS Enterprise’s iconic comms officer, Lt Uhura – on Twitter.
Here are just a few of those tweets:
Former USS Enterprise shipmate George Takei
William Shatner, Captain Kirk from Star Trek
Adam Nimoy, son of Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo
Brent Spiner, aka Data from Star Trek: First Contact
LeVar Burton from Star Trek: The Next Generation
The official Star Trek account
The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, where the red Starfleet uniform worn by Nichols is on display
Widows and The Help star Viola Davis
Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Woman
Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander
Euphoria’s Colman Domingo
Nichelle Nichols, 1932-2022.