MAKING HISTORY: The First Interracial Kiss on TV Happens... On Star Trek
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS. Today we highlight the first televised interracial kiss as told by MAKER Nichelle Nichols.
While she was playing Lieutenant Uhura on the legendary television series Star Trek, even Dr. Martin Luther King counted himself as her "greatest fan," pointing out the importance of her playing the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.
But that was not the only racial barrier she broke by playing the communications officer on the Enterprise. In 1968's episode "Plato's Stepchildren," Lt. Uhura and Captain Kirk were persuaded to kiss through alien telekinesis.
That kiss was the first ever interracial kiss on US television.