Our Black Alumni History
Through the efforts of Frank Holmes, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) formerly known as Houston Alumni Organization (HAO), an advisory group of 17 UH Black Alumni formed to explored the pros and cons of forming an alumni association for the black alumni of UH that would be affiliated with the larger HAO. Eugene “Gene” Locke, a UH graduate and local Houston attorney volunteered to chair the advisory group. In the spring of 1988, the Black Alumni Association (BAA) now known as University of Houston Black Alumni Association (UHBAA) was chartered as a special interest constituency group of the HAO. Since 1988,UHBAA continues to carry out the passion of its founding members - to serve and support the university and its black alumni and friends. The progress of UHBAA and its growth comes as a direct result of alumni who care to give back to the university through UHBAA by sharing their time, talents and treasures.
REMEMBER, before we were doctors, lawyers, engineers, athletics, mothers, fathers, and so much more. we were all UH BLACK ALUMNI. UHBAA currently has over 11,000 members.
Our Black Alumni and Egypt
Connecting to Our Past
The original logo of UHBAA was designed in 1990 by UH Alumni and former board members Kerry Williams and Nia Becnel. They volunteered for this project because of their architectural skills gained at the university. The symbols chosen were those of the ancient North African civilization of Egypt. The first part of the logo is in the form of a pyramid. The second symbol is the UH mascot, the cougar. A scaffold makes up the third and the fourth is that of a snake which symbolizes courage and strength. This symbolism is an effort to parallel the success and accomplishments of UHBAA with those of the ancient Egyptian civilization and ancient African culture.