“Uhura” comes from the Swahili word UHURU meaning “freedom”. Uhura was pretty much the first ever black main character on American television who was not a maid or a domestic servant in 1966. TV network NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,” but still included her in almost every episode. She actually made more money than any of the other actors through this workaround, and it was kept secret from the other actors, but it was still a humiliating second-class status. The network people made life hard for Nichols, constantly trying to pare down her screen time, purposefully dropping racist comments in her presence and even withholding her fan mail from her.This deplorable state of affairs led Nichols to make the decision to quit after the 1st season, but then she happened to meet the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who pleaded with her to stick with the show because as a Black woman she was portraying the first non-stereotypical role on television. 


Reblogged from - knowledge equals black power

Source - deejaybird

Created - 1 year ago

This post has - 37,686 notes

  1. ashana120 reblogged this from apannah
  2. apannah reblogged this from deejaybird
  3. sparkletaint reblogged this from jezebelwasunbothered
  4. jezebelwasunbothered reblogged this from vintagenoire
  5. crownblu99 reblogged this from vintagenoire
  6. multiverseofawesomeness reblogged this from lyrical-misdemeanor
  7. foreverbelost reblogged this from bias-fiends
  8. bias-fiends reblogged this from beware-of-sarai
  9. yaaskpop reblogged this from beware-of-sarai
  10. beware-of-sarai reblogged this from minniejean
  11. maxfoot12 reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  12. realrec0qnizereal reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  13. pressthoseagainstme reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  14. teathings reblogged this from rendoggtechsupport
  15. faeyor reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties and added:
    Me too. She was my favorite character.
  16. howlinmadmike reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  17. papaboogie reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties and added:
    Now I’m a fan…… Having to deal with all the bullshit just because of the color of our skin!!!!
  18. xxstillavirginxx reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  19. m-wasi reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  20. brownskinedbeauties reblogged this from deejaybird
  21. migirl8 reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties
  22. roaddawgg reblogged this from brownskinedbeauties

Black Culture

black love


Close submit section
Close ask section
Close ask section

Uh Oh - The requested page is not there!

Sorry we could not find it, try visiting the home page.