- ...and the first black performer to portray a Romulan. A black actress, Darwyn Carson, would later portray a member of the Romulan Tal Shiar in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Improbable Cause", and Tim Russ would follow in their footsteps by becoming the first black actor to play a Vulcan in a televised Star Trek series as a major character, with the premiere of Star Trek: Voyager; however, actress Beverly Hart would be the first black performer in Star Trek history to portray a Vulcan (in this case, a High Priestess) in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
Because: "The fact that he is a "black" actor portraying alien characters is irrelevant. His race should not be important..."
Thanks for your interest. My being the first black Romulan in Star Trek history was important to the producers, especially Jeri Taylor, because it was a breakthrough; and that's what Star Trek is about ultimately, breaking through to that which is universally human. Sirol was written for a white woman. Remembering the black Vulcan midwife in Star Trek V, I was able to make the case for there being black Romulans, got my audition, and luckily scored. In this case, race was important because it undid what had been an unconscious racial barrier. Sounds a bit like life, doesn't it? -- Michael Mack