Nichelle Nichols - Star Trek

Like most of my born-in-the-70s peers, I grew up in the age of starry science fiction, with Star Wars and Star Trek dominating my television and my bedroom decor. Outer space seemed within my childhood grasp, and with it, new extraterrestrial communities, terrains foreign and familiar, and unparalleled cosmic opportunities – like navigating a spaceship – around every corner.

Fierce female leaders stood strong at the helm of my formative years, leaders like Princess Leia and Lieutenant Uhura. Though I aged alongside Wil Wheaton and Star Trek: The Next Generation, with lady leads Counselor Troi and Dr. Crusher holding their own (and Guinan, played by the indomitable Whoopi Goldberg, always on hand to slide you a drink at the ship’s bar), it was the first Star Trek crew who commanded respect for setting the stage.

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Published on Daily Blender, May 2018

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