Hosted by: UC African American Alumni Affiliate

On Saturday, February 24, the University of Cincinnati African American Alumni Affiliate (4A) hosted the 3rd annual Onyx & Ruby Gala at the Sharonville Convention Center. The event highlighted the accomplishments of African Americans who have lifted their communities and the university through their academic and civic endeavors.

Honorees who received the Onyx & Ruby Awards were:
Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award- Honorable Michael B. Coleman, A&S ’77
Emerging Leader Award- Ryan C. Marable, Pharm.D., Pharm ’13
Pillar of the Community Award- Judge Fanon Rucker, Law ’96
Tower of Strength Award - Vanessa Allen-Brown, Ph.D.
Student Trailblazer Award- Annette Echikunwoke, A&S ’18
Linda Bates Parker Legend Award- Monica Posey, Ed.D., CECH ’99
Humanitarian Award- Bakari Booker, DAAP ’93

For more information on the recipients and their awards visit our webpage.

To view photos from the 2018 Onyx & Ruby Gala, please visit our Facebook page.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Shani Scholarship. Created by 4A two years ago, the Shani Scholarship supports underrepresented students by providing funds to study abroad. Past recipients have sojourned to Paris, Morocco, and Botswana. The 2018 Onyx & Ruby Gala was able to raise more than $10,000 to fund the program. To support the Shani Scholarship, please visit

A special thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the Onyx & Ruby Gala!

Presenting Sponsor – UC Health

Onyx & Ruby Sponsors
CincinnatiUSA Convention & Visitors Bureau
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
UC Black Faculty Association
UC College of Arts & Sciences

Red & Black Sponsors
Jerome Jackson, Pharm ’89
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
UC College of Law UC Department of Public Safety
UC Foundation
UC Division of Student Affairs
UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
UC Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact

Tower of Strength Sponsors
The Abercrumbie Group
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Alpha Chapter
The Lambda Society
Honorable Robert D. Rucker
UC Athletics
UC Student Activities & Leadership Development

Rock of Truth Sponsors
Cincinnati Young Black Professionals (CYBP)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
, Lambda Theta Chapter Alumni
Rising Stars of America
Soul Palette

Eugene Blalock, Jr., CECH ’94, ’96
Curtis Eaton, Jr.
Evangelina Figueroa, A&S ’14
Justin Sr. (Bus ’05) & Jami (Nurs ’12) Gibson
Karen McConnal Jackson, A&S ’10
Taurean J. Johnson, A&S ’04


Justin Gibson, Bus '05
Associate Director,
Diversity Outreach and Engagement

Email Justin
or call 513-556-4312

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Onyx and Ruby Gala 2018


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