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Who gave the first interracial kiss on TV?

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Who gave the first interracial kiss on TV?
By Jim Stroud • Issue #86 • View online
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Nichelle Nichols
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On Nov. 22, 1968, an episode of “Star Trek” titled “Plato’s Stepchildren” broadcast the first interracial kiss on American television.
The episode’s plot is bizarre: Aliens who worship the Greek philosopher Plato use telekinetic powers to force the Enterprise crew to sing, dance and kiss. At one point, the aliens compel Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to embrace. Each character tries to resist, but eventually Kirk tilts Uhura back and the two kiss as the aliens lasciviously look on.
The smooch is not a romantic one. But in 1968 to show a black woman kissing a white man was a daring move.
The episode aired just one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia decision struck down state laws against interracial marriage. At the time, Gallup polls showed that fewer than 20 percent of Americans approved of such relationships.
Q: How did Nichelle Nichols leverage her influence from Star Trek into social activism?
TV's 1st Interracial Kiss
TV's 1st Interracial Kiss
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In this edition of Maryville Talks Books, author Alexis Clark and host Paul Schankman have a conversation about her remarkable new “stranger than fiction” book, Enemies in Love, which tells the true story of a black nurse and a German Prisoner of War, who fell in love during World War Two, and eventually married. Though their story began more than 70 years ago, it feels very relevant today as America continues to wrestle with issues of racism and hate.
The Unlikely Romance of a Black Nurse and a German P.O.W. in World War II
The Unlikely Romance of a Black Nurse and a German P.O.W. in World War II
BHQ ANSWER
Nichelle Nichols leveraged her role on “Star Trek” to become a recruiter for NASA, where she pushed for change in the space program. [Source]
For more study:
TV's first interracial kiss launched a lifelong career in activism
Nichelle Nichols on filming the first interracial kiss on American television
Nichelle Nichols on filming the first interracial kiss on American television
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