Woman in Motion

Woman in Motion: Directed by Todd Thompson. With Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn. Nichelle Nichols’ daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first Black, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Opening with a brief history lesson of who Nichelle Nichols was before she got to Star Trek, namely a beautiful singer and dancer born and raised in Chicago, and then went on to do work with Duke Ellington. The majority of this movie has less to do with her time before or during Trek, and more to do with the company she create and ran to promote women and minorities for the NASA shuttle program that was just getting started. She ran a four month campaign and went across the country and in such a short time was able to quadruple the applications. It’s a very emotional and inspirational story, highlighted by the fact that Nichelle is no longer doing public appearances due to her declining health.

it’s free on Tubi, so check it out if you’re looking for positive STEM stories!

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