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At PBS’ Pioneers of Television event, Nichelle Nichols talks about how she almost left her iconic role as Uhura in Star Trek, but a chance meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King convinced her to stay.

“I met him and told him I was leaving the show,” Nichols said.

He reportedly told her, “The world sees us as we should be seen. As intelligent, beautiful, and qualified just like anybody else. You have the first non-stereotypical role on TV. You cannot leave.”

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