Entertainment: United States: African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, heroine of Star Trek, died at 89 years old

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L'actrice Nichelle Nichols à Los Angeles le 17 septembre 2022. © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP-Chris Pizzello The actress Nichelle Nichols in Los Angeles on September 17, 2022.

Star Trek fans know her for the role of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. Actress Nichelle Nichols died at the age of 89. She had been a pioneer for black actresses in the United States. Joe Biden paid tribute to her and greeted "the work she has provided to open the field of possibilities to African-Americans and women".

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She had been one of the first black women to have a main role in a television series. In America in the 1960s, when Star Trek was broadcast for the first time, Nichelle Nichols quickly became an icon for her role as a communications officer at the USS Enterprise. A black, intelligent woman, occupying a position of responsibility, the image was extremely rare at that time.

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and when, during the last episode of the final season, his character and that of Captain Kirk kiss, it is the first kiss between a black person and a white person on American television.

Actress, dancer, singer, Nichelle Nichols is also and above all an icon of the movement for civil rights. Martin Luther King himself said he had a lot of admiration for her.

Today, tributes follow one another. Actor William Shatner who played Captain Kirk greets a tremendous actress who "made it possible to redraw social issues in the United States and beyond".

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