Like a lot of things in life, it started with a kiss.
The 1968 Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” began like most others: The crew meets a new alien race. The villains of the story start wreaking havoc. And then Captain Kirk (William Shatner), a white man, and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), a black woman, kissed.
Widely thought to be the first interracial kiss depicted on television (although archivists have found earlier examples), the episode was a monumental moment in American television and culture.
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