One of the first black actresses to break through into a leading TV role.
This piece from the NYT is well written:
A striking beauty, Ms. Nichols provided a frisson of sexiness on the bridge of the Enterprise. She was generally clad in a snug red doublet and black tights; Ebony magazine called her the “most heavenly body in ‘Star Trek’” on its 1967 cover. Her role, however, was both substantial and historically significant.
Uhura was an officer and a highly educated and well-trained technician who maintained a businesslike demeanor while performing her high-minded duties. Ms. Nichols was among the first Black women to have a leading role on a network television series, making her an anomaly on the small screen, which until that time had rarely depicted Black women in anything other than subservient roles.
Nichelle Nichols & William Shatner had the first inter racial kiss on a major US TV prime time show.
In the Star Trek episode ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’ (season 3-1968) Much nervousness at the time how it would be perceived in some of the Southern States...”What would they say in Alabama.”
That episode was not shown by the BBC for many years because of the depiction of Sadism & Torture in the episode. One of 2 episodes the BBC did not show until the late1980s( ‘Whom Gods Destroy’ was the other )
I first saw the two un-broadcasted episodes after hiring them from the Video Shop that was o the corner of South St & Palace gate in 1983.