Nichelle Nichols is such an icon for many reasons. Her Star Trek character Lt. Nyota Uhura is, of course, one of the few POC characters in sci-fi, but Nichols has also inspired countless black women and men to join the NASA program or live out their acting dreams (most notably, Mae Jemison, who saw Uhura as inspiration to become an astronaut, and Whoopi Goldberg, who has said many times how much seeing Nichols on TV as a kid made her believe she could make it in Hollywood).
Leonard Nimoy is dead. WHY!? I feel like the stereotypical woman who throws herself over the casket asking, “WHY, GOD! WHY!” But, as much as I feel like that woman who’s still holding on, this article isn’t going to be a eulogy (or at least, it won’t be a traditional one). I don’t particularly like writing eulogies, so I actually debated a while as to whether I would write something about Nimoy even though I wanted to honor his life in some way. Then it dawned on me to do just that—honor the good he did in life instead of the finality of death. So that’s what I’m doing.