Since the day of her passing, fans and friends of Nichelle Nichols have been sharing their remembrances of the “Star Trek” actress. This includes many of the performers of color who followed her onto the stage, television, or movie set. Nichols’ portrayal of Lt. Uhura was groundbreaking for several reasons, and in the first week of August 2022, folks took time to say so.
“She made room for so many of us,” said Celia Rose Gooding on Twitter. Fans know Gooding for portraying the character Nichols made so famous. Gooding portrays Uhura on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. “She was the reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, and she built it.”
“A trailblazer, a heroine, and an extraordinary woman — someone who inspired millions and millions of people but inspired me,” Goldberg said of Nichols, as reported by Deadline. “Nichelle was the first Black person I’d ever seen who made it to the future.”
“It just made me feel like that was an amazing thing, and she helped propel other women to go into space,” said Goldberg. “She was extraordinary, and I was lucky enough to spend time with her over the years. She was my friend, and she will be missed.”
Remembering Nichelle Nichols
Zoe Saldana is another actor who felt grateful for what Nichols did for her. In a lengthy post on Instagram, Saldana shared her thoughts on the legendary actress. Like Gooding, Saldana also stepped into the spotlight as Uhura for the J.J. Abrams’ “Kelvin Trek” films.
“Meeting Nichelle was truly a very special moment in my life,” Saldana wrote. “Her energy was infectious every time I was in her presence. She convinced me in believing that anything was achievable if you put your heart into it.”
As what happens with so many celebrities upon their passing, fans want to connect with this person who they knew so well. Much like when musician Prince died in 2016 (and his album sales increased by 16,000%, according to CNN), fans are sharing …read more