Lieutenant Nyota Uhura served as chief communications officer for the Constitution-class starship USS Enterprise during its five-year exploration mission and retained the post almost continuously until the ship was destroyed. She continued to serve on the Enterprise-A until that ship was decommissioned.
Lt Uhura was a notable character in the Star Trek series. She was a black female, who was also a main character. She would be cited as an example of The Original Series' progressive attitude towards race and civil rights.
- Lieutenant Uhura's given name was never revealed in TOS or any of the related movies. The character first received the given name "Nyota" in the credits for the Star Trek XI.
- Nichelle Nichols played Uhura in TOS and the first six Star Trek movies; Zoe Saldana has been cast as Uhura for Star Trek XI.