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Title: Amani
Publisher: Nichelle Nichols Fan Club
Editor(s): Virginia Walker
Type: newsletter
Date(s): 1975-1976
Frequency: monthly
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS, Nichelle Nichols
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Amani was the newsletter of the Nichelle Nichols Fan Club which was published monthly. The fanzine of the club was called Furaha. Amani is Swahili for "peace".

Issue 1

Amani 1 was published in January 1975 and contains 1 page.

Issue 2

Amani 2 was published in February 1975 and contains 1 page.

Issue 3

Amani 3 was published in March 1975 and contains 1 page of news, a full-page "Red Alert" page from Gene Roddenberry about the success of a fan campaign for the first movie, a two-page letter from Roddenberry about movie news/rumors and how to write the network, and a "Yellow Alert" for fans to write in a protest the cancellation of the Star Trek animated series.

Issue 4

Amani 4 was published in April 1975 and contains 2 pages. It talks of OurCon, of Furaha #1 being at the printers, and of many fans writing in that they had a new interest in learning Swahili.

Issue 5

Amani 5 was published in May 1975 and contains 1 page. It talks of OurCon, of the ST gathering at Michigan State University for Star Trek Lives! where the show's stars were present. "Speechifying was done by all, and then an uncut 'City of the Adventure' was shown. The Blooper Film rounded out the late evening." The editor says the book Star Trek Lives! is due out soon.

Issue 6

Amani 6 was published in June 1975 and contains 1 page. The editor says both issues of Furaha are back from the printers and that she is putting together a Welcome Package for fan club members. The package will include "a membership card, a signed 8x10 photo of our Lovely Leader, a color poster (the same shot as is on her 'Dark Side of the Moon' album), an 'Uhura for Captain!' button (which we have asked you to wear upside down, remember!), a reciept if you haven't already received one, a Welcome Booklet with a letter from Nichelle, an outline of what the club is and does, an article from Nichelle about 'Kwanza', our official club charity, a 'specially prepared bio of our Lady Nichelle, and a brief profile -- accompanied by a photostamp -- of your First, Second, and Third Officers."

The editor reminds fans that Furaha will go out to fan club members first, and if there are any leftover, they will be sold to other fans.

This issue contains a long letter by Gene Roddenberry about the movie's progress, as well as a full-page announcement of Chicago Con in August.

Issue 7

Amani 7 was published in July 1975 and contains

Issue 8/9

Amani 8/9 was published in September 1975 and contains 7 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8/9

This double-issue of Amani begins with a few items of club interest. There are two very good cartoons within, and some interesting news of general interest to ST fans and club members. A good length report of the Chicago and Philadelphia cons makes for some very good reading; there's also an interesting article about the club parties at the various cons. A short review of Barbary Coast and Space: 1999 finishes off this issue. Although this club has been in existence for under a year, many fans rate it very highly. [1]

Issue 12

Amani 12 was published in December 1975.

Issue 13/14

Amani 13/14 was published in January/February 1976 and is 4 pages.

The editor notes that the club now has 300 members, triple the number of a year ago.

The editor is distraught that postage rates have doubled, and the fan club is in dire straits.

The editor writes:

Did you know that back in the sixties Nichelle Nichols made an album? This album DOWN TO EARTH is now completely out of print, but we have one copy! If you would like the have the next best thing, just send a 60-minute cassette (30 minutes each side) and $2.00 plus 50 cents postage and you'll get

1. The complete album taped on a professional tape recorder setup

2. A printed sheet with the complete liner notes reproduced from the record jacket

3. a 3x3 color snap of the cover photo -- would you believe a color shot of our Nichelle in a white gown, stretched out on a polar bear rub?!

We have this album through the generosity of Joanie Winston. Thank you, Joanie!

Issue 15/16

Amani 15/16 was published in March/April 1976 and is 1 page.

Issue 17/18

Amani 17/18 was published in May/June 1976 and is 1 page.

Issue 19

Amani 19 was published in July 1976 and contains 2 pages, a full-page ad for a pro-ST con in Toronto, and a full-page ad for badges available for purchase from STW.

Issue 20/21

Amani 20/21 was published in August/September 1976 and is 1 page.

Issue 22

Amani 22 was published in October 1976 and is 1 page.

Issue 23/24

Amani 23/24 was published in November/December 1976 and contains 4 pages.

Issue 25/26

Amani 25/26 was published in January/February 1977 and contains 3 pages.

Issue 27/28

Amani 27/28 was published in March/April 1977 and contains 1 page.


  1. from Spectrum #20