Nickel Nichols on 'Star Trek', Lt. Uhura's. died at the age of 89

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, better known as Star Trek's communications officer Lieutenant Uhura, died Saturday night in Silver City, New Mexico. She was 89 years old.

His son, Kyle Johnson, wrote on the website uhura.com, "I regret to inform you that a great light in the sky no longer shines as brightly for us as it has for years." "Their light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being observed for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and inspire."

Nichols was one of the first black women to appear in a major television series, and her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original TV series was unprecedented: an African American woman whose name came from Uhuru, the Swahili word for "freedom". For.

"Here I was posing in the 23rd century, which should have been simple enough," Nichols told NPR in 2011. "We're on a starship. I was the chief communications officer. Fourth on a starship. They didn't see it being, oh, it wouldn't have been until the 23rd century. Young people and adults just saw it."

In 1968, Nichols made headlines when Uhura shared an intimate kiss with Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) in an episode entitled "Plato's Stepchildren". Their interracial kiss on the lips was revolutionary, one of the first such moments on TV.

Nichols was born as Grace Dale Nichols in a suburb of Chicago, where her father was the mayor. She grew up singing and dancing, aspiring to act in musical theatre. He got his first break in the 1961 musical Kicks & Company, a thin on-screen satire from Playboy magazine. She was the star of the Chicago Stock Company production of Carmen Jones, and performed at Porgy and Bess in New York.