[Star Trek] Why Martin Luther King Jr. Loved Star Trek

The show—which premiered 50 years ago—had an American icon among its list of early fans

When the original Star Trek debuted a half-century ago on Sept. 8, 1966, it was to middling reviews. But, even though that earliest iteration would only last three seasons, there were some who saw that the show was more than just the average sci-fi adventure. And those prescient fans included one very important person in particular.

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