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How ‘Star Trek’ Challenged Race Relations in America

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Where no man or woman has gone before.

At its core, the original Star Trek was an exploration of the human experience and a forward-thinking journey into the future.

Gene Roddenberry was not always subtle about his vision for the TV show: an inclusive future where humans worked with each other as well as other races to overcome mutual problems in order to establish a universal set of values.

But Star Trek not only took viewers to a dreamy and distant future, it allowed them to analyze their present through a new reality where a commitment to equality was often at the forefront of plots; a far cry from life in the United States in 1966.

Thinly disguised as sci-fi, Star Trek explored more than new worlds: it explored our own hearts as well.

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Source: CBS Television Distribution

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