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

Thurgood Marshall.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

 2 Chadwick Boseman

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

 3 Toni Morrison

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

 4 Sean Combs

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

 5 Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

 6 Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 7 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston.
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960
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 8 Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 9 Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 10 Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 11 La La Anthony

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

 12 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 13 Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael.
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port of Spain
Died: November 15, 1998

 14 Omarosa Manigault

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

 15 Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13, 1979

 16 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 17 Susan Kelechi Watson

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

 18 Lynn Whitfield

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

 19 Tami Roman

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

 20 Vernon Jordan

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

 21 Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Montana, U.S

 22 Tracie Thoms

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

 23 Carla Hall

Carla Hall
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 24 Andrew Young Jr.

Andrew Young Jr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 25 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe .
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: May 11, 1996

 26 Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 27 Amiri Baraka

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

 28 Karen Malina White

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

 29 Paula Jai Parker

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

 30 Wendy Raquel Robinson

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

 31 Percy Lavon Julian

Percy Lavon Julian.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montgomery
Died: April 19, 1975

 32 Sekhar Kammula

Sekhar Kammula
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 33 Jeremiah Wright

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

 34 Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 35 George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams
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Famous As: Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister, Politician, Journalist
Birthdate: October 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: August 2, 1891

 36 Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: August 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 9, 1971

 37 Douglas Wilder

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

 38 Crystal Waters

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

 39 Frances Cress Welsing

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

 40 Edward Brooke

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

 41 Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: July 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: March 8, 1993

 42 Cheddi Jagan

Cheddi Jagan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Guyana's Father of Nation
Birthdate: March 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Mourant
Died: March 6, 1997

 43 Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: February 13, 2010

 44 Kenneth Bancroft Clark

Kenneth Bancroft Clark
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: July 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone, United States
Died: May 1, 2005

 45 Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Ophthalmologist, Physician
Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harlem

 46 Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore
Died: July 1, 1985

 47 Marjorie Lee Browne

Marjorie Lee Browne.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mathematics Educator
Birthdate: September 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: October 19, 1979

 48 Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: July 1, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: November 26, 1970

 49 Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz trumpeter
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 31, 2020

 50 Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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.