‘An example to follow’: Nichelle Nichols dies, Star Trek Lt. Uhura who broke racial stereotypes in the US

'An example to follow': Nichelle Nichols dies, Star Trek Lt. Uhura who broke racial stereotypes in the US

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Legend,

Nichelle Nichols (right) on the set of the film version of Star Trek: The Final Frontier in 1989.

American actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role in the 1960s science fiction television series Star Trek, died this weekend at the age of 89.

Nichols broke down racial barriers between the two with his portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura, becoming one of the first actresses black from the United States to play a character in a position of authority.

She was later employed by NASA in a campaign to encourage more women and Afro-descendants to become astronauts.

The actress died of natural causes Saturday night, according to her son Kyle Johnson.

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