Clip resurfaces of ‘drunk story’ recounts how Nichelle Nichols ‘literally got into space’

Nichelle Nichols played a key role in helping others live long and prosperous

After the news broke that thestar trek” icon deceased On Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico, at the age of 89, tributes to the trailblazing actor flooded social media.

One of these greetings was by the comedian Ashley NicoleBlack, who tweeted that Nichols’ “magnificent legacy” was an example of “what it really means to use the platform you have to make the world a better place.”

“I often think of his example and hope others do too,” Black wrote before giving a real-life example of how Nichols’ decisions have helped others reach for the stars.

Black tweeted a clip of “drunk storyepisode she recounted about Nichols’ life.

In the 2018 clip, Raven-Symoné plays Nichols in a re-enactment of the famous moment when Martin Luther King Jr. helped Nichols realize how important his role as a lieutenant was. Nyota Uhura – who was a communications manager on the Starship Enterprise in the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series – aimed at black Americans.

In the clip, Black pointedly paraphrased that Nichols was considering quitting “Star Trek” just before attending an NAACP fundraiser that Nichols and King both attended. At the event, King talked about “Star Trek” to Nichols and told the actor she couldn’t quit the show because, as Black paraphrased:

“‘You’re the only black woman on television who doesn’t play a servant. You’re the only person to give black people hope that there is a future where they may not be seen as inferior to , and they will be considered as equals ”

nichols shared the story of his interaction with King during a 2011 episode of PBS’s “Pioneers in Television.”

“He was telling me why I couldn’t [resign]“, she recalled on the show in 2011. “He said that I had the first non-stereotypical role, I had a role with honor, dignity and intelligence. He said, “You just can’t give up. It is an important role. That’s why we walk. We never thought we would see this on TV.

Nichelle Nichols as Lt.  Nyota Uhura and William Shatner as captain.  James T. Kirk in the episode
Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Nyota Uhura and William Shatner as captain. James T. Kirk in the 1968 “Star Trek” episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”.

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The “Drunk History” clip also explains how Nichols made history in November 1968, when her “Star Trek” character kissed the captain. James T. Kirk, played by white actor William Shatner – who is often credited as the first interracial kiss on american tv.

Black talks about how Nichols dedicated decades of her life to advocating for space exploration as well, especially to women and minorities.

Nichols started a consulting firm, Women in Motion, which partnered with NASA to recruit female and minority staff for the space agency. His recruits included Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut in space; Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut; and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space.

“So Nichelle Nichols was the first black woman to go into space to pretend, and she recruited the first black woman to go into space for real,” Black explained on “Drunk History,” adding : “She literally integrated the space.”

It also appears that Nichols was a fan of the “Drunk History” tribute to his life.

“She contacted the show after it aired to say she was happy with it,” Black tweeted.