As the world and the Star Trek world continue to mourn Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on Sunday, co-star George Takei provided an update on fans'' warm reception, how the two went even further ahead of the NBC series and sharing even more personal memories.
I have been touched by the tributes and messages made by Nichelle Nichols, our very own Lieutenant and later Commander Uhura on Star Trek. Although our original series lasted three seasons, we became both friends as the viewers of our show organized, convened, and ultimately pressed for movies and spin-offs. I wanted to take a moment to share some stories about Nichelle that aren''t as well known, including her kind kindness, and her deep caring owe.
While she was performing a civil rights musical "Fly Blackbird," she never remembered her. It was a time when many African American men "conked" their hair, but she was rather proud, and she was incredible. She was also incredible in nature. She was professional and gentle. I was amazed when she came backstage. She was kind and kind of beautiful.
I became active in local politics and even ran for city council in New York City when my series ended, which required a lot of fundraising meetings and political campaigning. I knew that I might always ask Nichelle to be our featured performer, including the opening of Allegiance a few years ago on Broadway and later in Los Angeles. Nichelle, as a certified stage actress, learned how special such occasions were to us.
Takei went further in the thread describing how Nichols would perform for him and his husband Brad Takei during their wedding, serving as Matron of Honor, and how she was there for him during his father''s funeral. Other tributes from the Star Trek universe included Walter Koenig, star Sir Patrick Stewart, and Zoe Saldana, Vice President Kamala Harris. There are also a few surprises here.
My heart has been touched by the tributes and messages that honor the life and work of Nichelle Nichols, our very own Lieutenant and later Commander Uhura on Star Trek. Despite our original series running only three seasons, we became bonded /1 pic.twitter.com/v1pZtQBU3a
George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 2, 2022
My heart goes to Kyle, Nichelle''s sisters, and Sky Conway, who stood bye and up for our dear co-worker Nichelle Nichol''s these difficult past years. Always love
Walter Koenig (@GineokwKoenig) August 1, 2022
In Star Trek and beyond, a remarkable life and a huge legacy. https://t.co/2F5di4gaka
Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 2, 2022
You cleared the way for Black people in science but, more than that, you impacted my life personally. I''m honored to have helped continue your legacy. Thank you for your courage, courage, and gifts to humanity. Rest in Paradise, Queen. #nichellenichols pic.twitter.com/KWrBSV36kn
Anthony Montgomery (@MrAMontgomery) August 1, 2022
"I''m deeply sorry to hear of Nichelle Nichols'' passing. We have lost a true star- a skilled artist who was beyond her time constantly. She is an icon, an activist, and as a result of her extraordinary ability to navigate a journey that has taught many people how to see women in a different light. She was unwavering.
Nichelle was a truly exceptional occasion in my life. Every time I was in her presence, she convinced me in believing that everything was achievable. I mean, she encouraged Mae Jemison to follow her dreams of becoming an astronaut, and that''s exactly what Mae did.
When I was chosen to play Uhura, I knew I had a lot of shoes to fill, and Nichelle made me feel confident, encouraged me to play her with all of the confidence in the world. My hope is that we continue to keep her memory alive by recognizing her amazing body of work, and by transforming the message of peace and equality among all people. She lived a long, rewarding life, but also helped so many others flourish.
Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did," but people will never forget how you made them feel. I agree with this statement, with the exception of Nichelle Nichols. It''ll be difficult to forget what she said, and it''s also difficult to forget what she did.
REST IN POWER QUEEN NICHELLE
From Zoe Saldana''s Instagram, you may see it here.
May she rest in God''s peace.. pic.twitter.com/b1aVpzebhd
Doug Jones (@actordougjones) August 1, 2022
Christina Chong (@ChrissyChong) October 1, 2022
@NichellelsUhura pic.twitter.com/LgUxFjIXo1 is so kind and so important and so stunning R.I P.
Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) August 1, 2022
Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer in science and space, inspiring generations of young leaders to pursue careers. Her remarkable achievement is one that I and many others are touched by. https://t.co/8pUIIMWK23
Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 1, 2022
Nichelle Nichols was a huge part of why Star Trek impacted me. My gratitude to her and my condolences to her loved ones.
John Cho (@JohnTheCho) August 1, 2022
Nichelle Nichols will forever be a powerful symbol of what is possible. An inspiring legend past, present, and future. https://t.co/xrl0p6tOmm
Davy Perez (@davyperez) August 1, 2022
"If you can see it, you can be it," the woman said. Millions of people gathered in the National Science and Exploration Area to see themselves, expanding human understanding.
She inspired so many of us to reach for stars. What an amazing journey. pic.twitter.com/Ly2IpmxWiJ
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) on August 1, 2022
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