In 1967, Nichelle Nichols was not happy. She was holding the television role as Lt. Uhura on the sci-fi show, Star Trek, but her role was limited and didn't seem to have much chance of growing into anything that would mean stardom and fame. She had decided to quit and return to the stage.
What she didn't understand was that she had already changed not just television, but America.
A chance encounter at an NAACP event led to her staying on the show and becoming an icon. In many ways, Nichelle Nichols would change the future.
But first, like us as we contemplate the dangers of absolutism and what and how to move forward, there was work to be done.