Sunday, January 16, 2022

You Are Marching: MLK, Trekkie

Frame 1: we see a drawing of MLK at about 10, in his best sunday suit and tie, giving the vulcan salute and smiling. “You are marching,” Martin Luther King Jr., Trekkie. Frame 2: a picture of the Starship Enterprise flying through the deep space  “one of MLK’s contributions to civil rights began with his love of star trek.  Frame 3: Two little children watching a 1960’s era television on which Mr. Spock can be seen. “it was the only TV show he allowed his children to stay up and watch.” Fram 4: a picture of a beautiful young black woman in a Star Trek uniform busy at the communications console of a spaceship.  “One day, at an NAACP fundraiser, he met Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Commander Uhura.” Fram 5: We see King and Uhura at a gala ball, chatting together.   “Ms Nichols had just that week decided to leave the show. MLK advised her not to.  “You are marching,”  he said.” Frame 6: We see a little Whoopi Goldberg, only 9 years old, running happily in her living room, shouting “Come quick! Come quick! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!”.  “so she stayed...and was an inspiration for generations to come. “ Frame 7: A scene of the bridge on the starship, with 9 women in uniforms sitting and standing.  “as Captain Kirk said, and all the other captains would agree, There is no room for bigotry on the bridge.”   there are many other women captains in Star Trek - i just didn’t have enough room.   Names of the captains shown here  Capt. Erika Benteen Capt. Phillipa Louvois Capt. Rachel Garrett Capt. Tryla Scott Capt. Silva La Forge Capt. Philippa Georgiou Capt. Michael Burnham Capt. Kathryn Janeway Capt. Kasidy Yates-Sisko

 Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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