‘Star Trek’ Cast Pays Tribute to Iconic Nichelle Nichols

CAST members of the original Star Trek the episode aired to pay tribute to Nichelle Nichols, who became a cultural icon through her role as Uhura’s television public relations officer. Star Trek original series and film franchise from 1966 to 1991.

Co-star George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in pull out the series was one of the first to express its admiration. “I have yet to talk about the pioneering, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant. Uhura with USS Enterprise,” Takei tweeted.

“Today my heart is heavy, my eyes shine like the stars among which you are now resting, my dearest friend.”

William Shatner, who shared one of the first on-screen interracial kisses with Nichols, also paid tribute to her.

“She was a beautiful woman and played a wonderful character who did so much to redefine social issues both here in the US and around the world,” Shatner wrote. “Of course I will miss her. I express my love and condolences to her family.”

In addition to the original cast, the new actress who plays Uhura in the new Star Trek: Strange New Worlds the television series also thanked her for paving the way.

Celia Rose Gooding wrote on social media: “She made room for so many of us. She was a reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is necessary for their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it! #RIPNichelleNichols.

The most heartfelt tribute came from her son, Kyle Johnson. In an official statement, he wrote: “Her light … like the ancient galaxies now visible for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn and draw inspiration from.” Her life was well lived and became a model for all of us.”

In addition to playing Uhuru, Nichols also worked on recruiting various astronauts (female and ethnic minorities) for NASA’s space programs.