History and Mission
History of Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN)
The Ebony Bobcat Network has been established to extend, preserve and promote the legacy of African American accomplishment. Two weeks after the spectacular 2010 Black Alumni Reunion attracted the largest ever alumni gathering in Athens, a core group of attendees held the first in a series of organizational meetings in northeastern Ohio. These meetings were organized under the joint leadership of three Conveners: LaWanna Mckinley White – 65’of Cleveland, Ohio; Huey Ball – 67’of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Louis Overstreet – 67’ of Las Vegas, Nevada. Targeting its fundraising efforts to generate substantial support for the Urban Scholars program, this group which became known as the Ebony Bobcat Network, honors the vision of Dr. Roderick J. McDavis (Class of 1970), the 20th president of Ohio University and the first African American to serve in that capacity.
Working as an independent organization under the guidance of the Ohio University Alumni Association, EBN became an official university alumni Society in 2011. Based on the accomplishments one year later, EBN received the Outstanding Society for Philanthropy Award in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, EBN received the Outstanding Society Award. As of 2016, over 134,000 dollars has been raised toward funding the Ebony Bobcat Network Endowment.
- To encourage and support full participation in Ohio University alumni activities
- To provide support for the Urban Scholars Program (USP) and generate revenue for the Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholars Program Endowment (EBN/USPE)
- To honor the heritage and contributions of preceding and present generations of persons of color who attended or are attending Ohio University