How ‘Star Trek’ legend Nichelle Nichols helped shape a diverse future for NASA

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By Breeanna Hare, CNN

Updated 9:55 PM ET, Sun May 9, 2021

(CNN)Start a conversation about the power of Afrofuturism, and it won’t be long before “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols’s name is dropped. As the iconic Lt. Uhura, the actress made television history with her portrayal of a 23rd-century communications officer aboard the “Star Trek” USS Enterprise. It was one of the first times a Black woman was cast in a position of power on TV — and it was in a science fiction series, no less.The result was radical, says Atlanta-area comic book creator and game designer Dedren Snead. “Seeing her as a Black woman on the show … that was … who was that?” Snead tells W. Kamau Bell on Sunday’s “United Shades of America.” “It was just, I never saw Black people in fantasy in that sense.”

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