Nichelle Nichols will forever be remembered for playing the iconic character Nyota Uhura on the television series Star Trek. The actress’s portrayal of the character is often credited with opening doors for many black actors and actresses on television. Sadly, we must report that she has passed away of natural causes.
Earlier today, it was announced that Nichols passed away at the age of 89. The announcement came from her son, Kyle Johnson, who posted a heartbreaking message on social media.
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.
Nichols was employed by NASA to encourage members of the Black community to become astronauts. She became the first African American woman to have her handprints engraved in the TCL Chinese Theater in 1991. She has left behind a galaxy full of memories and moments that will long live and prosper. RIP.