Star Trek: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Uhura

Star Trek was a groundbreaking show when it premiered in 1966. It transformed the science fiction genre on television and helped establish the nature of fandom as we know it today. One of the most groundbreaking aspects of the show was the racial diversity and equality depicted among the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise. Communications officer Lieutenant Uhura was a major figure of that diversity.

Portrayed by Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek: The Original Series, Uhura was an unprecedented, visible black character not in a subservient position. She was a confident, capable, and complex human being, at least for the time.

In the show itself, Uhura was among …

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