I believe Version 0 was "I asked myself what Reverend King would say."
Does anybody have a reference to an article or interview anywhere that has Nichelle quoted as being inspired by MLK, without having met him? Anything I've ever read cites her as having met MLK briefly and that he encouraged her to stay on the show.
I wouldn't be surprised if it is indeed true. MLK was very sensitive to the inequality issue, so anything as ground breaking as Star Trek would have caught his attention.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people on TrekBBS criticize her and suggest she made up the whole thing. It doesn't seem that likely... and really, what does it matter? So long as the story doesn't change drastically, where she later says something like "After we met, MLK kept in touch with me, calling up after a watching an episode to chat, pushing me to get more screen time."