Moving A Generation Forward

Nichelle Nichols is a legendary African American actress who played the role of Lieutenant Uhura on the hit T.V. show Star Trek. She stated, “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girls game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going”. Her role was not only a breakthrough for African Americans on T.V., but she represented the entire female population in the race for S.T.E.M. related careers. In fact, her statement captures the heartbeat of America and its quest to encourage youth to prepare for careers in science and innovation. A noble goal indeed, but we cannot ignore the fact that America might be a leader in innovation, but falling behind in advancing the human soul to improve our society.