Nichelle Nichols, ommunications officer Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series, has died at the age of 89

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

Her role in the 1966-69 series as Lt. Uhura earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the series’ rabid fans, known as Trekkers and Trekkies

But her impact was felt beyond her immediate co-stars, and many others in the Star Trek world also tweeted their condolences

Celia Rose Gooding, who currently plays Uhura in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, wrote on Twitter that Nichols “made room for so many of us

Like other original cast members, Nichols also appeared in six big-screen spinoffs starting in 1979 with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and frequented Star Trek fan conventions

Its multicultural, multiracial cast was creator Gene Roddenberry’s message to viewers that in the far-off future — the 23rd century — human diversity would be fully accepted

Nichols was known as being unafraid to stand up to Shatner on the set when others complained that he was stealing scenes and camera time