It’s a second that has lived lengthy and prospered.


On Thanksgiving, 50 years in the past to the date, “Star Trek” boldly went the place no US TV present had gone earlier than when it featured the small display screen’s first interracial kiss.


Now a chunk of that historical past is up for grabs — with the costume worn by William Shatner in that well-known scene about to go up for public sale.


The crimson, Grecian-style gown (beneath left) that Shatner’s Captain Kirk wore whereas locking lips with Nichelle Nichols’ Lieutenant Uhura within the episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” is anticipated to be beamed up for as a lot as $60,000 when the hammer falls at Propstore.com on Dec. 1.


The inexperienced outfit (beneath proper) worn by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in that episode can be up for public sale.


The episode aired on Nov. 22, 1968, only a 12 months after the Supreme Court docket’s landmark Loving v. Virginia determination ended state legal guidelines banning interracial marriage.


It didn’t have a very high-brow premise — the crew of the Enterprise encounters a Greek-culture-obsessed alien race with telekinetic powers.


Whereas below the aliens’ thoughts management, Kirk and Uhura are pressured right into a passionate smooch.


William Shatner and Nicelle Nichols during the first interracial kiss scene on television
William Shatner and Nicelle Nichols in the course of the first interracial kiss scene on tvParamount TV

NBC initially needed to shoot two variations of the scene — one the place they kiss, and one the place they only embrace — to keep away from upsetting associates within the Jim Crow South, Nichols stated in a 2010 interview with the Archive of American Tv.


However Shatner intentionally tousled the kiss-free take by crossing his eyes, she says, and the community went with the taboo-shattering model.


“We acquired to the day — you realize, the Nice Day. And swiftly, there was this buzz across the studio. They have been involved how the South was going to take it,” Nichols recalled in a 2001 radio interview.


However the response was overwhelmingly optimistic.


“The mail poured in. We had extra mail on that episode than every other episode in the entire time of ‘Star Trek,’ ” she stated.


Essentially the most “unfavourable” letter that present creator Gene Roddenberry shared along with her was hardly scathing.


“It was from a person within the South who stated, ‘I don’t consider within the integration of races and the fraternization of the races, however anytime a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk will get a woman in his arms that appears like Lieutenant Uhura, he ain’t gonna struggle it,’ ” Nichols instructed Trek As we speak.


“So a lot for the concerns and the issues about whether or not individuals can deal with it.”






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