Black History Month


UC Alumni Association Celebrates Black History Month

From the day in the early 1870s when William Parham enrolled in the law school at Cincinnati College (which would eventually become the University of Cincinnati) and became the institution’s first Black student, the African American experience at UC has been both extraordinarily challenging and extremely rewarding.

In recognition of this ongoing journey, the indomitable spirit behind it, and the incredible contributions of the Black UC family over the past 150 years, the UC Alumni Association is proud to celebrate Black History Month. The UC Alumni Association plays an active role in helping to share and honor the Black UC story while connecting alumni to their alma mater. This work enriches their lives as Bearcats and helps foster an environment in which future generations of Black students and alumni might thrive.

Each February, we gather to pay tribute to our past, salute excellence and achievement within the Black UC family, and rejoice in the progress yet to come. Below are some of the signature events and engagement opportunities throughout UC’s Black History Month celebration.

Black History Month Events

10th Onyx & Ruby Gala
The Onyx & Ruby Gala recognizes the achievements of African American alumni, faculty, staff and students at the University of Cincinnati. This elegant evening is one of the UC Alumni Association’s largest and most joyous events each year.

Each year, the University of Cincinnati curates a web page with many Black History Month events sponsored by campus organizations and departments. 

Snapshots of Black UC Excellence

These Bearcats constitute just a few of the countless alumni who continue to collectively write the Black UC success story.

Nominate a Bearcat

Nominate a Bearcat alumnus for a future heritage or awareness month Alumni Spotlight. 

About 4A

The African American Alumni Affiliate (4A) has served the university’s Black alumni for more than two decades, creating a range of opportunities for meaningful connection with their alma mater, current students and each other. Vibrant programs on and off campus, delivered in person and virtually, support 4A’s constituents in their professional development, community service, networking, student engagement, and philanthropic endeavors.

Ways to Be Involved and Make a Difference

Headshot of Maurice Stewart, A&S '16

Maurice Stewart, A&S '16

Director, Alumni Engagement, Inclusive Excellence