Organization of Black Alumni

The Organization of Black Alumni is an established alumni identity and affinity group that strives to unite, empower, connect, and highlight Wayne State's Black alumni.

In September 1989, a reunion gathering of African American alumni evolved into a vision and plan to develop the organization. The founding members celebrated OBA's official induction into the Wayne State University Alumni Association as an affiliate under the unified membership program on October 5, 1992, making OBA the second non-college, alumni constituent group.

The organization has served alumni by hosting major annual events, offering mentorship programs, honoring distinguished alumni with the prestigious OBA Achievement Award, and co-sponsoring the African American Graduation Celebration.

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Complete our interest form to join other Black alumni and allies in networking, exploring events, volunteering, sharing resources, and making an impact through student mentorship, community outreach and sponsorship opportunities.

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Ron Wood '75, '80

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

OBA founder Ron Wood was honored as a 2020 Homer D. Strong Alumni Award recipient for his commitment to mentorship. For more about Ron and the rest of our winners, please visit


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