never seen the original series but I did a little reading on her- she was pretty much the first black lady in a TV show like that and the fact that star-trek got the first interracial kiss on any show just lets you know how awesome the whole thing is,
(even if they were under the influence of aliens )
True story: the week after the infamous Kirk/Uhura smooch episode aired, Gene Rodenberry pulled Nichelle Nichols aside on the set and showed her a letter he had recieved from a southern televangelist preacher. The letter declared "I do not approve of a mixing of the races-but when a man gets his hands on a woman who looks like that he does what comes natural!"
Also a true story: Nichelle Nichols credits her role as Uhura with giving her what she considers to be the greatest moment of her life. While attending a particular public function she was told that a fan wanted to meet her, so she turned around-and came face to face with Dr. Martin Luther King.