President Biden on Sunday paid tribute to Nichelle Nichols, the first Black woman to do something in a significant role on a primetime tv program, who died Saturday at age 89.
In Nichelle Nichols, our nation has lost a trailblazer of stage and screen who redefined what’s easy for Black Americans and women, Biden said of the late Star Trek actor in a statement issued by the White House.
He noted that through her role as Lt. Uhura, Nichols helped to breakdown barriers for Black women, especially in entertainment and science.
With a defining dignity and authority, she helped tell a central story that reimagined scientific pursuits and discoveries, Biden said.
He added, And she continued this legacy by going to use NASA to empower generations of Americans out of every background to attain for the stars and beyond.
The president was among the many who shared their devastation on the lack of Nichols, whose death in New Mexico was announced Sunday by her son.
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidateStacey Abramsand Rep.Val Demings(D-Fl.) also shared tributes to Nichols.
Her kindness and bravery lit the road for most, wrote Abrams. May she forever dwell on the list of stars.