Nichelle Nichols' Hollywood Walk of Fame star, as seen on her Facebook page.

This weekend saw the passing of Nichelle Nichols at 89. Nichols, a famed actor, singer, and dancer, was most known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series and its six movie sequels from 1966-91, but she also held some other notable acting roles over the years, released two albums, and volunteered her time on a special project with NASA to recruit more women and minorities for the space program. Nichols’ passing, which was announced Sunday by her family, drew a ton of tributes, including many from other film and TV stars:

Nichols’ passing also drew many tributes from those involved in Star Trek, both the original series and the many subsequent series. That includes Celia Rose-Gooding, who plays Uhura in the current Star Trek: Strange New Worlds series:

NASA also put out a tribute to Nichols:

As did Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

Nichols passed away Saturday night at home in New Mexico, as son Kyle Johnson announced on her Facebook page Sunday:

Nichols’ career made a remarkable impact, inside entertainment and beyond. Bruce Weber explored those beyond entertainment impacts in an obituary for The New York Times Sunday:

Uhura’s influence reached far beyond television. In 1977, Ms. Nichols began an association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, contracting as a representative and speaker to help recruit female and minority candidates for spaceflight training; the following year’s class of astronaut candidates was the first to include women and members of minority groups.

In subsequent years, Ms. Nichols made public appearances and recorded public service announcements on behalf of the agency. In 2012, after she was the keynote speaker at the Goddard Space Center during a celebration of African American History Month, a NASA news release about the event lauded her help for the cause of diversity in space exploration.

“Nichols’s role as one of television’s first Black characters to be more than just a stereotype and one of the first women in a position of authority (she was fourth in command of the Enterprise) inspired thousands of applications from women and minorities,” the release said. “Among them: Ronald McNair, Frederick Gregory, Judith Resnick, first American woman in space Sally Ride and current NASA administrator Charlie Bolden.”

Nichols will be missed by many. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

[The New York Times; photo of Nichols’ Hollywood Walk of Fame star from her Facebook page]

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