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Nyota Uhura on the original television series was groundbreaking an African American woman whose name came from Uhuru, the Swahili word for" freedom

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Their interracial kiss on the lips was revolutionary, one of the first similar moments on television

Nichols was born Grace Dell Nichols in a Chicago exurb where her father was the mayor

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