Howard University Notable Alumni

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Thurgood Marshall
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1967-1991))

Thurgood Marshall
16
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

 2 
Sean Combs
(Rapper and Record Producer Known for His Albums: ‘No Way Out’ , ‘Forever’ and ‘Press Play’)

Sean Combs
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 3 
Kamala Harris
(The First Female Vice President of the United States)

Kamala Harris
246
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 4 

Chadwick Boseman
45
Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 5 
Thomas Sowell
(Economist)

Thomas Sowell
11
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

 6 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)

Toni Morrison
26
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 7 

Taraji P. Henson
27
Birthdate: September 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 8 
Nick Cannon
(TV Host, Actor and Rapper)

Nick Cannon
41
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 9 
Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

Zora Neale Hurston
10
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

 10 

Phylicia Rashad
19
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 11 
Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Author and Journalist Known for His Non-Fiction Books: ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ and ‘Between the World and Me’)

Ta-Nehisi Coates
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

 12 
Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)

Donny Hathaway
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13, 1979

 13 
Debbie Allen
(Actress Best Known for Her Work in the Musical-Drama Television Series 'Fame')

Debbie Allen
7
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 14 
La La Anthony
(Television personality)

La La Anthony
1
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 15 

Isaiah Washington
10
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 16 
Roxie Roker
(Actress)

Roxie Roker
6
Birthdate: August 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: December 2, 1995

 17 
Stokely Carmichael
(Political activist)

Stokely Carmichael
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: November 15, 1998

 18 

Roberta Flack
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 19 

Lynn Whitfield
4
Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 20 

Vernon Jordan
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 21 
Laz Alonso
(Actor)

Laz Alonso
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 22 

Susan Kelechi Watson
0
Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.

 23 

Omarosa Manigault
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 24 
Jessye Norman
(Former opera singer and recitalist)

Jessye Norman
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 25 
Tami Roman
(Television Personality)

Tami Roman
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 26 
Tracie Thoms
(Actress)

Tracie Thoms
2
Birthdate: August 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 27 
Carla Hall
(Chef who appeared in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show)

Carla Hall
1
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 28 
Rachel Dolezal
(Controversial Activist Known for Presenting Herself as a Black Woman Despite Having Been Born to White Parents)

Rachel Dolezal
17
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Montana, United States

 29 
Amiri Baraka
(Writer)

Amiri Baraka
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014

 30 
Isabel Wilkerson
(Journalist)

Isabel Wilkerson
0
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 31 
Andrew Young Jr.
(55th Mayor of Atlanta (1982 - 1990))

Andrew Young Jr.
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 32 
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: May 11, 1996

 33 

Paula Jai Parker
1
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 34 

Wendy Raquel Robinson
3
Birthdate: July 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 35 

Karen Malina White
2
Birthdate: July 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 36 
Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)

Meshell Ndegeocello
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 37 
Jeremiah Wright
(Theologian)

Jeremiah Wright
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 38 

Fredricka Whitfield
0
Birthdate: May 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 39 
Ralph Bunche
(Political Scientist)

Ralph Bunche
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 9, 1971

 40 
George Washington Williams
(Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister, Politician, Journalist)

George Washington Williams
1
Birthdate: October 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: August 2, 1891

 41 
Michael Hyatt
(She has played Brianna Barksdale on The Wire, Dr. Noelle Akopian on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Michael Hyatt
0
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 42 

Crystal Waters
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey, U.S.

 43 
Kasim Reed
(59th Mayor of Atlanta)

Kasim Reed
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

 44 
Pep Hamilton
(Coach, American football player)

Pep Hamilton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

 45 
Edward Brooke
(Politician)

Edward Brooke
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States U.S.
Died: January 3, 2015

 46 
Diane Nash
(Human rights activist)

Diane Nash
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 47 
Makur Maker
(Basketball player center position)

Makur Maker
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)

 48 
Billy Eckstine
(Musician)

Billy Eckstine
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 8, 1993

 49 
Frances Cress Welsing
(Psychiatrist)

Frances Cress Welsing
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 2, 2016

 50 

Douglas Wilder
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
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.