Star Trek fans from around the world are coming together to celebrate Nichelle Nichols' birthday. The fan-favorite actress portrayed Lieutenant Nyota Uhura throughout various Star Trek TV shows and movies, and is one of the most memorable Black women on a sci-fi franchise. Uhura was one of the main cast members of Star Trek: The Original Series, along with William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, and Walter Kroenig as Pavel Chekov. She also portrayed Uhura on all six Star Trek movies featuring the cast from The Original Series. Born on December 28, 1932, Nichols is celebrating her 89th birthday today, and fans are showing their love and appreciation for her on social media.
The official Star Trek Twitter account shared a message to Nichols, encouraging fans to join in the birthday celebration. "Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to @NichelleIsUhura! In celebration, share your favorite Uhura moments. #StarTrek #StarTrekFamily," the tweet reads. A photo of Nichelle Nichols was also posted next to a "Happy Birthday, Nichelle Nichols!" message inside the Star Trek symbol.
She is also the focus of a documentary film released on Paramount+ in June titledWoman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA. Directed by Todd Thompson, the film is a documentary chronicling Nichols' work on the NASA recruiting program. The documentary features interviews and appearances by Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Water Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, Michael Dorn, Guy Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ivor Dawson, Frederik Gregory, and Benjamin Crump.
The official synopsis reads:
"Woman in Motionchronicles how Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to NASA. Nichols formed the company Women In Motion, Inc. and recruited more than 8,000 African American, Asian and Latino women and men for the agency. Nichols and her program continue to influence the younger generation of astronauts as well, including Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut in space. Despite an uphill battle against a bureaucracy that was hesitant to let her get involved, Nichols persevered and is credited by NASA for turning it into one of the most diverse independent agencies in the United States Federal Government."
Nichols helped christen the real-world International Federation of Trekkers headquarters in Huron, Ohio. The Federation is the onlyStar Trekfan club that received approval from creator Gene Roddenberry at its founding.The Official Star Trek Twitter Account Sends Happy Birthday Greetings
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Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to @NichelleIsUhura! In celebration, share your favorite Uhura moments. 🎉 #StarTrek #StarTrekFamily pic.twitter.com/bkE6w4bhHW— Star Trek (@StarTrek) December 28, 2021
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Happy Birthday to a Legend! Thank you Nichelle for all that you've contributed and who you influenced throughout the years! This is from her last public appearance at Los Angeles Comic Con. pic.twitter.com/Zuvjk8bW9W— ThatoneNerdRon (@raspiras8) December 28, 2021
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There are so many, but this is one of my favorites! 👇 pic.twitter.com/qzwT6UYveX— Kirk Palestrino (@BismarckMito) December 28, 2021
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#Happybirthday @NichelleIsUhura #actress #Uhura #StarTrek #themotionpicture #TheWrathofKhan #TheSearchforSpock #thevoyagehome #thefinalfrontier #TheUndiscoveredCountry #SpaceCommand #Unbelievable #12toMidnight #womaninmotion #startrek55 @TrekCore @StarTrek @StarTrekonPPlus pic.twitter.com/vlOICWU2CF— Ramon Urkiza #wearestarfleet #vacunado #mask (@raurquiz) December 28, 2021
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The way she said "Is it alive?" was PERFECT.— SaraS (@SaraSuperior) December 28, 2021
She is PERFECT.
Of all the amazing Star Trek ladies, she reigns supreme! pic.twitter.com/R41QTdeRZJ
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Happy Birthday @NichelleIsUhura! Uhura was such a great character of diversity and I hope that you have a marvelous day! I loved every moment that Uhura was on screen but I definitely would choose when she had to speak Klingon in #StarTrekVI as my favorite moment! 😂🖖🏻#StarTrek pic.twitter.com/MgbFiSaXgM— Mathew Dawson (@Mathew1Dawson) December 28, 2021
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My favorite is actually not on the show. It’s that she wanted to leave the show and MLK convinced her she should stay and use her platform to represent Black people in the overwhelmingly white space of 60s TV. Took a tremendous amount of courage!— kari scott 🐝 ✈️🚊 🚍 🚗 🦋 (@kariscott) December 28, 2021
Happy birthday to a groundbreaking actress, Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura of #StarTrek) turns 89 today. #LiveLongandProsper pic.twitter.com/q5Jvg8AGmL— Smooth (@smoothjazznmore) December 28, 2021
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