Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek star who played Spock, was so moved by a young fan's letter describing her struggles with racial identity that he decided he had to respond.
The letter and Nimoy's response, both penned in 1968, were brought to light through a dedicated Trekker's blog called My Star Trek Scrapbook and a fellow fan's preserved scans. The teenage girl from Los Angeles originally wrote to Spock through FaVE magazine where many readers would submit their letters to various celebrities, the blog noted. In her submission she shared that she sympathized with the challenges the character faced as a "half-breed."
As a half-white, half-African American girl, she felt she could relate to Spock who is both human and Vulcan. "I guess I'll never have any friends," she wrote.
The editors of FaVE gave Nimoy the opportunity to reply, according to the blog post. He shared with the teen how Spock "learned he could save himself from letting prejudice get him down."
Nimoy's response had an inspiring message that remains valuable even today -- disregard the valuation of others and invest in yourself.
This letter was written 7 years before the Supreme Court ruled that laws preventing interracial marriages ( anti-miscegenation laws ) to be unconstitutional