Let's get to it on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The most prominent civil rights leader in US history was a Trekkie, and a big reason why was the character of Lieutenant Uhura, played by NIchelle Nichols. Here's the story of how Dr. King convinced Nichols to stay on the show when she had plans to leave.
While it's got a lot of the trappings of your run of the mill blaxploitation film, it's more than just a Superfly knockoff starring the guy who wrote the theme from "Shaft." It's Truck Turner, and if you'll pardon my ridiculous movie critic pun, this Truck is no ordinary ride.