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In either case, Nichols fondly remembered that fans were mostly appreciative of the scene, although much harsher backlash was anticipated. Nichols also claimed in interviews that Shatner demanded to do the scene after seeing Nichols and co-star Leonard Nimoy, better known as Spock, practicing the kiss.

Many television history experts consider the first interracial kiss to have taken place in June 1962 between British actors Lloyd Reckford and Elizabeth MacLennan.

Star Trek was canceled in 1969 over low ratings, but has since exploded into one of the most popular film and television franchises in the world. Several television series, movies, games and much more have been created under the Star Trek umbrella.

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Little Known Black History Fact: ‘Star Trek’ And TV’s First Interracial Kiss  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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