As you’ve surely heard by now, the great Nichelle Nichols has died.
We celebrated what would turn out to be the last birthday of an incredible woman here, in this space, just about eight months ago. She was a pioneer, a great talent, and a trailblazer in human history.
Her family released this statement yesterday:
Dear Friends, Fans, Colleagues, World,
I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.
Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.
Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.
I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we grieve her loss until we can recover sufficiently to speak further. Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.
Live Long and Prosper”Kyle Johnson
Nichelle made a place in history not just for herself, but for the countless people who have benefited from and will benefit from the life she lived and the trails she blazed. She did not inherit that place in history—she made it. And she shared it, and she paid it forward, and she changed the trajectory of the human experience through the way she chose to live her life. While rightly mourning her passing, we at To Proudly Go also celebrate her extraordinary life.
Please join us for extra special tribute to the legendary Nichelle Nichols with a special viewing of Woman In Motion and fundraiser for the NAACP at season finale of The Orville: New Horizons Viewing Party 6pm Saturday, August 6 at Barracuda Lounge. Click here for complete event details.