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The Worst and the Best of Humanity: 1937 and 1969

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"'I am the biggest Trekkie on the planet,' King tells Nichols. In the King family, everything comes to a halt when it's time to watch Star Trek. 'And I am Lt. Uhura's most ardent fan.'"

King was "shaken" by the news that Nichols had given notice to leave the show, so he had to see her; she had to know that she couldn't just "abdicate" her position ... on the groundbreaking series."

King added: "'You are changing the minds of people across the world, because for the first time, through you, we see ourselves and what can be.'"

Lt. Uhura remained aboard the Enterprise as its chief communications officer.

Star Trek is canceled after three years on air; however, Nichols went on to assist NASA in their efforts to recruit more women and people of color to the space program. She assists with the recruitment, for example, of Sally Ride, the first women astronaut, while her role as Uhura influences the first black female astronaut, Mae Jamison, as well as Whoopi Goldberg, who plays the role of Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

There are always possibilities.

i Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, HarperCollins, 2015.

ii Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

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