Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the icon of the American civil rights movement, hero to millions around the world, and ...a Trekkie?
Yup. It's true.
Dr. King was a Trekkie. How cool is that?
King to the actress who played her in the original Star Trek: "For the first time, we are being seen the world over as we should be seen.... [D]o you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to stay up and watch."
Star Trek (both the original and the Next Generation) imagined a world in which people of different races could come together in a shared quest, and even occasionally share love--even risque kisses. That was a radically revoltuionary idea in the 1960's, and for some, it remains so today.
Google recently honored Star Trek with its Doodle of the day.