Nommo Power of the Word, UCLA’s Quarterly Afrikan Student’s Newsmagazine


Collection number: 4

Collection title: Nommo Publications and Manuscripts

Dates: 1975-2009

Size: 7 boxes (13x18x5), 7.5 linear feet

Creator/Collector: UCLA ASU Publications, Private donors

Acquisition info: 2010 – Present

Languages: Collection materials are in English

Repository: UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Library


Access restrictions: Access is available by appointment for UCLA faculty and student researchers. All other researchers by permission only. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the Librarian in person: Haines Hall 135, via email: or by phone: 310-825-6060.

Physical access restrictions: Due to the delicate nature of newsprint, digital access is preferred.

Publication rights: Copyright is held by the UC Regents. All requests for permission to publish or quote from collection must be submitted in writing to the Ralph J. Bunche Library and Media Center.


Preferred Citation: [Item identification], Nommo Publications and Manuscripts, Collection 4, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Subject headings:

Student newspapers and periodicals—California

African American student newspapers and periodicals—California


Nommo, Power of the Word is UCLA’s quarterly Afrikan Students’ newsmagazine. Nommo investigates and reports on social, political, cultural, and economic issues in the African American community. Founded by Lance Williams at the height of the Black Power Movement, Nommo published its first issue on December 4, 1968. Nommo was the first newsmagazine sponsored by the UCLA Communications Board and remains historically significant as the first Black magazine published on any college campus.


The Bunche Center’s Nommo collection consists of newsmagazines published from 1975-2009 and some manuscript copies (not every issue is available). Nommo is now published online.


Box 1: 1960-1970

Box 2: Bound Volumes, 1977-1988

Box 3: 1980-1985

Box 4: 1986-1987

Box 5: 1988-1989

Box 6: In Process