To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights (Hardcover)

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To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights By Angela Dalton, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela Dalton, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator)
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A CCBC 2024 Choices for the Historical People, Places, and Events selection!

Perfect for fans of Hidden Figures and Mae Among the Stars! To Boldly Go tells the true story of Nichelle Nichols and how she used her platform on Star Trek to inspire and recruit a new generation of diverse astronauts and many others in the space and STEM fields.

As Lieutenant Uhura on the iconic prime-time television show Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols played the first Black female astronaut anyone had ever seen on-screen. A smart, strong, independent Black woman aboard the starship Enterprise was revolutionary in the 1960s, when only white men had traveled to outer space in real life and most Black characters on TV were servants.

Nichelle not only inspired a generation to pursue its dreams but also opened the door for the real-life pioneering astronauts Sally Ride, Dr. Mae Jemison, and more.

This empowering tribute to the trailblazing pop culture icon reminds us of the importance of perseverance and the power of representation in storytelling. You just might be inspired to boldly go where no one like you has ever gone before!

About the Author

Angela Dalton is a children’s book author living in Oakland, California. Her picture books include To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights, Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner, Show the World!, and her award-winning debut, If You Look Up to the Sky. Visit her online at

Lauren Semmer is an artist, bestselling children’s book illustrator, and designer whose work is featured on everything from kids’ wall art to children’s apparel. She is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book The ABC’s of Black History written by Rio Cortez. Visit Lauren at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063073210
ISBN-10: 0063073218
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English