Nichelle Nichols on meeting Martin Luther King jr.
"I said "Iām going to leave Star Trek because (I was going to say ābecause I have an offer to star in) ā¦I never got that far"
He said "You cannot - you cannot"
and I felt like that little boy Willis "What you talkinā about dr. king"
(laughs) "But you know I didnāt say that"
"But I was taken aback, and I didnāt say anything, I just looked at him"
He said "Donāt you know understand what this man [Gene] has achieved?"
"I just looked at him" and he said "For the first time on television we will be seen as we should be seen every day ā as intelligent, quality, beautiful people who can sing, dance, but who can also go into space, who can be lawyers, who can be teachers, who can be professors - who ARE on this day, and yet you donāt see it on television ā until nowā¦ā
"and he went on and I could say nothing, I just stood there, realizing every word that he was saying was the truth"
"and he said, āGene Roddenberry has opened a door for the world to see us. If you leave that door can be closed. You see your role is not a black role, and itās not a female role, he can fill it with anything - including an alien"
"And in that moment the world tilted for me, and I knew then, that I was something else, that the world was not the same. Thatās all I could think of, what dr. king said āthe world sees us as we should be seenā āand i remember being angry come sunday. āWhy me? Why should I have to?ā¦
"Whatever happened come monday morning I went to Gene, and Iām not sure to this day what I was going to say. Heās sitting behind that same dang desk and he had whoever he was talking to leave because I went there first. And I said āGene, and I told him what happened" and I told him āIf you still want me to stay, Iāll stay - I have to" and he opened his drawer and said āGod bless dr. martin luther king, somebody knows where Iām coming from" and he took out my resignation ā that was torn into a hundred pieces and handed me the pile, and we just stood there looking at each other, and I finally said āThank you, Gene, and he said āThank you, Nichelle"
"And my lifeās never been the same since, Iāve never looked back, Iāve never regretted it. Because I understood the universe had somehow put me there, and we have choices - are we gonna walk down this road? are we gonna walk the other..and it was the right road for me"
This is why I love Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry had a vision for humanity that was different than many who write or produce sci-fi. In his universe we have a future where we get over the petty BS like gender, race, religion, political affiliation and work together to make mankind better, to explore. I know I'll never leave this planet but it gives me hope to think that we just might fulfill his vision, as opposed to Orwell's 1984 or the Terminator movies.
o/t but I finally got myself a Firefly t-shirt, it's even brown which isn't too flattering but it's ok.
Where's all my nerds? Any cool new si-fi/fantasy books, movies or TV? We've been trying to watch Alliance but, meh. Falling skies is not bad. It's so hard to find good sci-fi on tv these days. I'm on the 2nd Game of Thrones book.
Thank God......it's Friday!!!