African American Alumni Affiliate (4A)

Two UC staff members present the Turner Scholarship

For over 20 years, 4A has served the university and its African American alumni to create opportunities for graduates to reconnect with each other, current students, and their alma mater. 4A accomplishes this through social programming, professional development, community service, and supporting our students through networking and philanthropy.

Black History Month 2022

Join the UC African American Alumni Affiliate (4A) as we celebrate Black History Month! This year we will be hosting a number of activities, both in person and virtual, to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our alma mater and nation. We are also collaborating with our campus to provide experiences for alumni and friends to enjoy.

Black History Month events taking place throughout the month
The University of Cincinnati has curated a web page with many BHM events sponsored by campus organizations and departments. Many of the events are hybrid or all-virtual options for those who want to participate.

Virtual Black History Trivial Night
Thursday, February 10 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Consider yourself to be a trivia aficionado? Join us for our virtual Black History Trivia Night! Here’s a chance to meet other Black alumni while competing for various prizes. Participation is limited, so sign up early to confirm your spot.

8th Annual Onyx & Ruby Gala
Saturday, February 19 | 6 p.m.
4A’s signature event returns to in person this year as we honor six Bearcats for their contributions to their communities and alma mater. Proceeds from this event will support the Shani Study Abroad Scholarship. Registration for this black tie event closes on Tuesday, February 15.

4A Night at Fifth Third Arena: Women’s basketball vs. Memphis Lady Tigers
Thursday, February 23 | 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. tipoff
Join 4A as we support coach Michelle Clark-Heard and the Bearcats women's basketball team on Senior Night. Registration option includes a game ticket and reception with hors d'oeuvres before tipoff. During our reception, we will acknowledge UC alumna Katrina Merriweather '01, '02, head coach for the Memphis Lady Tigers basketball team.

Get Involved

4A Alumni Events

  • Eku Williams (Bus ’00) – Chair
  • Brian Hardy (Bus ’01) – Treasurer
  • Deatria Walker (A&S ’97) – Secretary
  • Adrienne McDade-Taylor (CCM, Bus ’13) – Onyx & Ruby Gala Chair

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Headshot of Justin Gibson, Bus '05

Justin Gibson, Bus '05

Program Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, Diversity Outreach and Engagement