Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures
Before Olivia Pope, Nichelle Nichols made her mark as the first African-American woman to be casted in a major television series. Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek until the series ended in 1969.
After her appearance, she was invited to participate in a NASA initiative to recruit women and minorities for their space program. In addition to acting, Nichols had an expansive singing career as well, releasing two albums and singing alongside of Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.