Where No One Had Gone Before

Star Trek was a pioneer in every way; in Hollywood, in technology, and in culture. But a lot of people don’t realize what it did to shape society.

Living in our era, one where equality is preached and prejudice is frowned upon, our generation never had to see the harshness of the 1960s and 70s. Star Trek was extremely brave for doing what it did. A black lieutenant, a biracial commander, an Asian technician, and a Russian head engineer all made history, as they were the first multiracial crew in prime time television.

This history was responsible for influencing people in their view of society and possibilities. Harry Breaux is a San Francisco resident, who talks about how his first sight of Star Trek opened his eyes to what the world could be, if 60s society could learn from Gene Roddenberry and the shows message.

The show even made an impact on celebrities. Whoopi Goldberg first formed her dream of being an actress after watching Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) being a leading lady in one of the nations most popular shows, as a role like Lieutenant.

The show promoted issues such as desegregation and equality in both race and gender. Something that no other show in the time period dared to do. So now, nearly 50 years after its release, with over 10 movies, and countless spin offs, it’s about time that Star Trek got the recognition it truly deserves.

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