“On this day, November 22, 1968, television’s first inter-racial kiss appeared on Star Trek and opened the door to racial equality for generations.
In the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” the crew is forced to do the bidding of “gods” who force Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) to kiss.
One critic said, “The underlying message was, ‘If I have to kiss you to save my ship and crew, by God, I’ll do it.'”
The moment was so ground-breaking the studio shot two versions of the scene: One with them kissing and one without in case they changed their mind.
In her autobiography, Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories, Nichols says she got a letter from a White Southerner who said: “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain’t gonna fight it.
Happy Anniversary Kirk and Uhura’s kiss, thanks for opening the door to racial equality. I speak for many when I say I wouldn’t mind trading places with you.”
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