In creating “Star Trek,” Gene Roddenberry presented an artistic hypothesis of an inclusive, cooperative, curious society – one that Mae Jemison told Mae Jemison. She can connect with that vision because she sees herself in Nichelle Nichols. In an interview with Bionic Buzz At Nichols’ 85th birthday party, Jemison described the power and inspiration of that fantasy:
“The way we think about the world is shaped by our fantasies. ‘Star Trek’ is really a really great fantasy. Nichelle embodies the fact that we have inclusion everywhere. And it’s had a huge influence on the way people think about a hopeful future. What we have to do today is go back to that.”
Inspired by this “fantasy,” Jemison could picture herself joining NASA and going into space, even though no Black woman had done it before. Her life is positive proof of why dreams are so valuable. Nichols has inspired so many people, both for her work on the show and while off camera, volunteering to recruit for NASA. Jemison said in her talk at Duke University “Space race“conference 2013,” She used her celebrity to apply — and she did it herself. “The two of you can share that dream for a better future.
It’s nice to know that she and Nichelle Nichols have become so close that she’ll be getting an invitation to a birthday party.
https://www.slashfilm.com/947294/nichelle-nichols-inspired-the-first-african-american-woman-to-go-to-space/ Nichelle Nichols inspired the first African-American woman to go to space