Uhura - Swahili for "Freedom" and the surname of the black, female
communications officer Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) stationed on the USS
Enterprise on the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 and subsequent movie
Nichelle Nichols as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura
Although Uhura speaks Swahili on episode "Man Trap", James Blish's Star
Trek novels identify her as Bantu, as does Gene Roddenberry's novelization
of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The book "Beyond Uhura" written by Nichelle Nichols revealed that the
name "Uhura" was inspired by the book "Black Uhuru" which she was
reading the day she read for the part of her now popular character.
While Lt. Uhura's "first" name was never mentioned on the TV series or movies,
she has been assigned the names of "Penda," "Nyota" and "Samara" in non-canon
Star Trek novels and related biographies.
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