Today is the 50th anniversary of the show that taught us to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” Star Trek. Star Trek was not only awesome, but ground breaking with its multicultural cast.

Everyone knows about the fabulous Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura and Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the recent movie. But did you know these Black actresses also appeared on the Star Trek shows and movies?

Victoria Dillard as Ballerina on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek : The Next Generation (1988-1993)


Aisha Hinds as Navigation Officer Darwin on Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013)

Madge Sinclair as Captain Silva La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993)

Leslie Silva as Danica Erickson on Star Trek Enterprise (2005)

Gabrielle Union as N’Garen on Deep Space Nine (1997)

Lark Voorhies as Leanne on Deep Space Nine (1995)

Vanessa Williams as Ardanis on Deep Space Nine (1996)

Debra Wilson as Lisa Cusak on Deep Space Nine (1998)

Alfre Woodward as Lily Sloan Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

These are just a few of many Black women that helped make the Star Trek series great. For more Black actresses, check out Grave Shift Sister’s fantastic post here. Happy 50th and many more Star Trek! 

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