Star Trek was adapted for comics by Gold Key. The first issue was published on July, 1967. This series ran for sixty one issues, through 1979. Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, was one of the first positive Black characters on television and also one of the first positive Black characters to appear in a comic book series and later in a Saturday morning animated series.

Uhura was such a ground breaking character that Ms. Nichols was even personally encouraged by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to continue with the TV series, as he considered her to be an important role model for Black girls and women.

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