Discover the notable alumni of Howard University. The list includes people like Taraji P. Henson, Sean Combs, Chadwick Boseman, Thurgood Marshall & Phylicia Rashad. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, singers, musicians, intellectuals & academics and film & theater personalities etc.
Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
29 November 1976, American
Actor
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Economist

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall
02 July 1908, American
Former Associate Justice of the United States

Phylicia RashadPhylicia Rashad
19 June 1948, American
Actress
Anthony AndersonAnthony Anderson
15 August 1970, American
Actor

Isaiah WashingtonIsaiah Washington
03 August 1963, American
Actor

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941, Guinean, Trinidadian, American
 
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Percy Lavon JulianPercy Lavon Julian
11 April 1899, American
Chemist
Roberta FlackRoberta Flack
10 February 1937, American
Singer, Pianist

Tami RomanTami Roman
17 April 1970, American
Television Personality

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
16 November 1904, Nigerian
First President of Nigeria

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American
Writer

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
07 August 1904, American
Political Scientist
Cheddi JaganCheddi Jagan
22 March 1918, Guyanese
Guyana's Father of Nation

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936, American
American poet

Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914, American
Mathematics Educator

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper
Deborah FancherDeborah Fancher
01 December 1967
Political Activist

Alicia EtheredgeAlicia Etheredge
21 December 1973, American
Bobby Brown’s Wife
Sabrina DhowreSabrina Dhowre
16 July 1989, Somalian, American
Model, Idris Elba's Wife

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
12 November 1977, American
Author

Vernon JordanVernon Jordan
15 August 1935, American
Lawyer
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
16 January 1950, American
Actress

La La AnthonyLa La Anthony
25 June 1979, American
Television personality
Lynn WhitfieldLynn Whitfield
06 May 1953, American
Actress

Susan Kelechi WatsonSusan Kelechi Watson
11 November 1981, American
Actress

Omarosa ManigaultOmarosa Manigault
15 February 1974, American
Writers
Andrew Young Jr.Andrew Young Jr.
12 March 1932, American
Politician

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Isabel WilkersonIsabel Wilkerson
1961 AD, American
Journalist
Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway
01 October 1945, American
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician,

Tracie ThomsTracie Thoms
19 August 1975, American
Actress

Carla HallCarla Hall
12 May 1964, American
Chef

Karen Malina WhiteKaren Malina White
07 July 1965, American
Actress
Pauli MurrayPauli Murray
20 November 1910, American
Lawyer
Sekhar KammulaSekhar Kammula
04 February 1972, Indian
Film director

Jeremiah WrightJeremiah Wright
22 September 1941, American
Theologian

Patricia BathPatricia Bath
04 November 1942, American
Ophthalmologist, Physician

Crystal WatersCrystal Waters
10 October 1964, American
Singer
Paula Jai ParkerPaula Jai Parker
19 August 1969, American
Actress

Wendy Raquel RobinsonWendy Raquel Robinson
25 July 1967, American
Actress

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
29 August 1968, German, American
Singer-songwriter

Edward BrookeEdward Brooke
26 October 1919, American
Politician

Douglas WilderDouglas Wilder
17 January 1931, American
Lawyer
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
01 July 1877, American
Army Officer

Billy EckstineBilly Eckstine
08 July 1914, American
Singer, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Jazz
Frances Cress WelsingFrances Cress Welsing
18 March 1935, American
Psychiatrist

Mary Frances BerryMary Frances Berry
17 February 1938, American
Historian

George Washington WilliamsGeorge Washington Williams
16 October 1849, American
Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister,
Kenneth Bancroft ClarkKenneth Bancroft Clark
14 July 1914, American
Psychologist

Shirley HornShirley Horn
01 May 1934, American
Musician
Wallace RoneyWallace Roney
25 May 1960, American
Jazz trumpeter

Rudolph FisherRudolph Fisher
09 May 1897, American
Physician

Bernice Johnson ReagonBernice Johnson Reagon
04 October 1942, American
Singer, Composer

George Henry WhiteGeorge Henry White
18 December 1852, American
Politician, Lawyer

Benjamin HooksBenjamin Hooks
31 January 1925, American
Minister
Oliver HillOliver Hill
01 May 1907, American
Attorney

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune
03 October 1856, American
Orator

Claude BrownClaude Brown
23 February 1937, American
Author

Enolia McMillanEnolia McMillan
20 October 1904, American
Educator
Earl LovelaceEarl Lovelace
13 July 1935, Trinidadian
Novelist

Charles Clinton SpauldingCharles Clinton Spaulding
01 August 1874, American
Business Person
Seba JohnsonSeba Johnson
01 May 1973, American
Alpine skiing

May MillerMay Miller
26 January 1899, American
Poet

Taban lo LiyongTaban lo Liyong
1938 AD, Sudanese, Ugandan
Poet
Aïda MulunehAïda Muluneh
1974 AD, Ethiopian
Photographer

Sam LacySam Lacy
23 October 1903, American
Reporter
Clarence M. Pendleton Jr.Clarence M. Pendleton Jr.
10 November 1930, American
Administrator

Houston A. Baker, Jr.Houston A. Baker, Jr.
22 March 1943, American
Scholar

George N. LeightonGeorge N. Leighton
22 October 1912, American
Lawyer, Judge
Solomon MutswairoSolomon Mutswairo
26 April 1924, Zimbabwean
Novelist

Patrick EllisPatrick Ellis
30 May 1943, American
Radio personality
Ulysses DoveUlysses Dove
17 January 1947, American
Choreographer

Houston ConwillHouston Conwill
02 April 1947, American
Artist

Popularly known as HU or Howard, Howard University is essentially classified as a federally chartered, private research university and is home to various historical landmarks in Washington, D.C. With over 70 diverse undergraduate programs, Howard is ranked as a Tier 1 University. As per the 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek college rankings, HU is the only HBCU ranked in the top 75. With an enrollment of over 10,000 students, Howard covers over 120 fields of education that enrich the learning experience of every student. The University has academic programs in various verticals of education such as Engineering, Architecture, Health Sciences, Communication and Law, to name a few. What makes the university stand apart is its diversity in students, due to its nonsectarian approach to education. Howard University has produced four Rhodes Scholars, one Marshall Scholar, two Truman Scholars and twenty-two Fulbright scholars between 1986 and 2017. It has also been ranked as the top producer of African-American undergraduates (who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees) by the National Science Foundation. Debbie Allen and Nnamdi Azikiwe are some of the notable alumni’s of HU, who have soared to great heights from different walks of life. The university is currently on the road to position itself as one of the top research universities in the United States of America. Here is a list of some of the distinguished achievers born out of Howard University.