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Old January 28 2013, 01:15 AM   #22
diankra
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Re: Was Lt. Boma going to be a rucurring character?

Christopher wrote: View Post
^And Clarence Williams III on The Mod Squad starting in '68. There was actually a big push to add diversity to TV casts in the late '60s due to demographic studies showing the buying power of African-American television viewers.
Which is one of those cases where the Roddenberry legend is slightly undermined by reality: I'm sure he was a pioneer in wanting to have racial diversity in the Star Trek cast, but he didn't have to fight the network to do it: he was pushing at an open door (so long as they were the support cast, obviously. Black captain, woman captain? Come back in 20 years time, dreamer).
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