Nichelle Nichols, best known for playing Nyota Uhura (most commonly just "Uhura") on Star Trek: The Original Series, has passed away at age 89.

In a message posted to Facebook, her son posted this note:

Sunday, 31 July 2022 Friends, Fans, Colleagues, World
I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.
Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.
Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.
I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we grieve her loss until we can recover sufficiently to speak further. Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.
Live Long and Prosper,
Kyle Johnson

Nichelle was known for being one of the first Black women on TV as her own person, and had the first interracial kiss on television. At one point, after deciding to resign from her Star Trek role, she stayed at after the urging of Martin Luther King Jr., who convinced her that it was important to the world to stay on.

To contrast Kyle's "Live Long and Prosper", I would say "We grieve with thee."

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    It's a common misconception, but the Nichols/Shatner kiss was not the first interracial TV kiss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_interracial_kiss_on_television Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 10:28
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    @Eight-BitGuru Indeed.
    – TARS
    Commented Aug 2, 2022 at 11:43
  • @Eight-BitGuru if I'm not mistaken though, it WAS the first interracial kiss on television involving a black participant.
    – Nzall
    Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 8:56
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    +1, thank you for informing us. As part of the Star Trek bridge crew (well, the actress for a part...), she was a big part of my teen years. Just feels funny to do +1 for news I'd prefer were not true...
    – Basya
    Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 10:29
  • @Nzall It was not: per the Wiki page linked by TARS and broadcast in 1959, "Hot Summer Night". "...that quickly led to the rediscovery of another play featuring the same young Jamaican actor, Hot Summer Night,[14] televised in Britain on 1 February 1959." Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 13:55


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