African American History Program • Guest Speakers



War: World War II, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: Port Chicago, 4th Division
Service Location: United States; Pacific Theater
Rank: Seaman First Class

Enlisting in the Navy in 1943, Seaman First Class Carl Tuggle hoped to be given an assignment as an aviation mechanic. Instead, despite the fact that he had never received training in munitions handling, he was shipped to Port Chicago, California, to work as a stevedore loading and unloading ammunition from ships headed to the Pacific Theater. Days at Port Chicago were long and arduous, with no opportunities for leave or off-duty recreation. On March 17, 1944, a munitions explosion killed hundreds of Port Chicago sailors – nearly all of them African American–and injured hundreds more. Having survived the blast, Tuggle refused to continue to work under such conditions; charged with mutiny, he was locked up in the brig for three months. The deadliest stateside disaster of World War II, the Port Chicago explosion starkly illuminated segregation and racist practices in the Navy.


Assistant ProfessorDr Cindy Jones inage

Phone: 304-696-7363, Email:

Dr. Jones received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutics from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). Dr. Jones’ research examined the cellular and molecular effects of transition metal drug complexes on acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her research efforts resulted in numerous presentations at regional and nationally recognized research forums. In addition to her research and teaching appointments, she also served as President of the FAMU Chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Under her leadership, the Chapter received an award for outstanding programming and was awarded AAPS Chapter of the Year. Dr. Jones joined the Department of Biological Sciences at FAMU as an Instructor of Biology from 2006 to 2012 where she taught general biology to science and non-science majors. From 2012 to 2014 she held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, where she continued to teach general biology courses.

Dr. Jones’ research interest is in metabolic disorders that lead to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Specifically, her focus is on the effects of fructose on adipokines expression and secretion from adipose tissue as it relates to insulin resistance. Understanding the role fructose plays in the metabolic processes of adipokines could lead to the discovery of novel drug targets to overcome insulin resistance for treatment of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Jones holds memberships in professional, scientific and civic organizations. She is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), The Science Advisory Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Association of University Women (AAUW), NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Jones teaches PHAR 532 (Biopharmaceutics II).



Ms. Goodrum is the current President of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, established in 1904. The Cincinnati Association, is a local affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, which was founded in 1896.  

The early missions of the club women were to cultivate and educate women, and children. The women would later establish daycare centers, cultural art groups for girls, essay and oratorical contests, and college scholarship awards. They also provided clothing, and food for needy families, and volunteer in hospitals, hospice centers, and health fairs.

In 1925, this determined group of women purchased a residence in Walnut Hills at 1010 Chapel St. which became known as The Clubhouse.  It was designed by renowned Cincinnati architect, Samuel Hannaford.  The home became the central headquarters for club meetings, community outreach and events, along with their social affairs.  Soon after the purchase of the building, the clubs started the first kindergartens, in Brown Chapel.  The house also became temporary housing for African American families migrating from the south.

On November 5, 2021, the clubhouse received, and unveiled a landmark Historical Marker on the clubhouse lawn. The honor was awarded by the Ohio History Connection in Columbus.  It celebrates the volunteer efforts of the club women, and the house they served from.  We have a motto: “Lifting as we Climb!”

The Officers and Members will continue that charge!

We thank the organizers of Dohn Community High School for this noteworthy recognition, and we wish the students much success in your futures!

Dr. Charles DillardDr. Charles Dillard image

A graduate of Fisk University, Dillard (again following his father’s wisely-tread path) went to Meharry Medical College, a historically Black medical school in Nashville, Tennessee. (In his youth, Dillard attended Frederick Douglass Elementary School and Walnut Hills High School, and is now in both of their alumni associations.) After graduation, he served two years via the doctor draft in the army, leaving in 1964. He finished his residency in Detroit in 1967 and returned to Cincinnati, opening an office in Avondale.

In the late 1970s, Dillard decided to give military service a try again and joined the Ohio National Guard. He became one of the first African American medical officers in the country to attain the rank of brigadier general. Through his work with Caring Partners International, both as a doctor and as a board member, Dillard serves as a medical missionary (something he has also done through the military in 15 countries) and collects much-needed medical supplies. He remains active in the civic sector, working with A Few Good Men, an organization that supports the Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, a 100-year-old organization that helps the poor in the city. He also serves as a backup physician for the Clermont County Board of Developmental  Disabilities center in Batavia. Dillard is also an active member of the NAACP, the Zion Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi.

In 1980, Dillard purchased a building in Walnut Hills to transform into a medical center, which eventually became the community and business center it is today. Once more, his father’s influence lives on.

“I named the building after my father, the Charles E. Dillard Memorial Building,” he said. “I tell people I’m not vain, it’s not named after me, it’s named after my father.”


Curtis Fuller

Courtis is a familiar face to Cincinnati television viewers who have watched him for more than two decades. The Broadcast Hall of Fame once selected him “Cincinnati’s Favorite TV Personality,” and it’s easy to understand how he earned the title.

His broadcasting career has spanned more than 30 years. Most of that time has been spent as a news anchor in Cincinnati for the NBC affiliate. He has received more than 300 awards for his excellence in journalism and his tireless community service. The Cincinnati YMCA presented Courtis with its Achiever Legend Award. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamkeeper Award. He’s been recognized by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Orlando Press Club and the Cleveland Press Club. Courtis is also one of the first journalists inducted into the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists and Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Consistently, Courtis has shown his leadership and commitment. He issued a proposal to Cincinnati City Council that led to an inner city street being renamed in honor of high school honor student Derrick Turnbow, who was shot and killed. He led an effort to have the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Reds honor the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s entrance into Major League Baseball. He also conceived and produced an eight-day Cincinnati jazz and heritage festival.

In 2001 Courtis stepped away from the familiar anchor desk to once again demonstrate his commitment to Cincinnati. He gained international attention as a political newcomer by winning the primary election in his bid to become the first directly elected mayor of Cincinnati in 75 years. He received a respectable 45 percent of the vote in the general election.

Courtis returned to WLWT-TV in July 2003 after hosting his own radio talk show. He is a much sought after speaker and host for dozens of events. An example of some of the events Courtis has hosted each year for the past two decades — The MLK Jr. Coalition King Day, Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, Council of Christian Communions, Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, NAACP Freedom Fund, Cincinnati Human Relations and Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion. In addition, Courtis has helped raise millions of dollars for organizations by volunteering his time.

He is currently an advisory board member for the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation. He previously was a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Board, the Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Commission, the U.S. Department of Education’s Back-to-School National Advisory Board, and The Executive Board of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Courtis is married to Marla Fuller. They have two daughters, Nicole and Faith. He is always looking for ways to serve his community, so to mark his 30th anniversary in broadcasting a scholarship was established in his name to help young aspiring journalists achieve their dream. For more information, you can contact the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation at


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