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Uhura” a Swahili word UHURU meaning “freedom”. Uhura was pretty much the first ever black main character on American tv who was not a maid or a domestic servant in 1966. NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker," and included her in almost every episode. She got paid more than any of the other actors through this workaround, but still regulated second-class status.

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