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Sad to read this afternoon that Star Trek's first communications officer Nichelle Nichols passed away yesterday; The best known story about Nichols still seems worth repeating.  At an NAACP function she met Martin Luther King who was a fan of the show. She told him about her plans to leave  after the first season. He told her not to--what she was doing was too important....too groundbreaking:


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It is sad news. I have been reading the obits and just learning about what a remarkable person she was. Lieutenant Uhuru really was a groundbreaking role and King was right - if she left the part it was unlikely that her replacement would be black and female. 

Remaining original cast members: William Shatner and George Takei. I think Walter Koenig is still around and about, too. 

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