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List of famous alumni from Clark Atlanta University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Clark Atlanta University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Clark Atlanta University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Clark Atlanta University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Clark Atlanta University.

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This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Clark Atlanta University?” and “Which celebrities are Clark Atlanta University alumni?”

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Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. ...more

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James Weldon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the ...more

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Emmanuel Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Actor Emmanuel Lewis is an American actor, best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster. He is 4 ft 3 in tall. Lewis graduated from Midwood High School in 1989 and ...more

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Walter Francis White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Civil rights activist, Journalist, Novelist Walter Francis White was an American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for almost a quarter of a century and directed a broad program ...more

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Shaka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Shaka kaSenzangakhona, also known as Shaka Zulu, was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom. He is widely credited with uniting many of the Northern Nguni people, specifically ...more

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Eva Marcille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model, Actor Eva Marcille Pigford, known professionally as Eva Marcille, is an American actress, TV host and fashion model, who most recently played the role of Tyra Hamilton on the soap opera The Young and ...more

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Mase is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Songwriter, Rapper, Musician Mason Durell Betha, better known by stage name Mase, is an American rapper. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy ...more

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New Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor Jerome Young is a retired American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name New Jack in ECW. He is known for his willingness to take dangerous bumps and his stiff hardcore wrestling ...more

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Otis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Politician Otis Johnson was an American athlete who competed mainly in the Relay Teams; the national outdoor champion from 1953 to 1955; three-time winner of the event in the Penn Relays in the same years, ...more

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Marva Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Marva Collins is an American educator who in 1975 started Westside Preparatory School in Garfield Park, an impoverished neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She ran the school for more than 30 ...more

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Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. His was one of the most prolific ...more

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Major Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Librarian, Politician Major Robert Odell Owens was a New York politician and a prominent member of the Democratic Party who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007, representing the ...more

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DJ Drama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Record producer, Rapper, Disc jockey Tyree Cinque Simmons, professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American disc jockey and record executive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially gained recognition as the official DJ for ...more

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Reatha Clark King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Businessperson, Chemist Reatha Clark King is a chemist; the former Vice President of the General Mills Corporation; and the former President, Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the General ...more

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Hank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Politician Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based in ...more

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Ella Gaines Yates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Librarian Ella Gaines Yates is recognized in the library world as being the first African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in Georgia. Ella Gaines Yates was born into a well ...more

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Pearl Cleage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Pearl Cleage is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club ...more

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Joseph C. Carter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Police officer Joseph C. Carter is a retired Brigadier General who was The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard from 2007 - 2012. He is the former chief of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation ...more

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Ralph Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Activist, Minister of religion Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. was a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, a minister, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest friend. In 1955, he collaborated with King to create the ...more

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Bobby V is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer Robert "Bobby" Wilson, better known by his stage name Bobby V, is an American recording artist. He is now known as Bobby V due to a lawsuit involving a British singer, song writer and ...more

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Louis T. Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Military Officer, Physician Louis Tompkins Wright was an American surgeon and civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the surgical staff of a non-segregated hospital ...more

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Richard R. Wright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Richard Robert Wright, Sr. was an American military officer, educator and college president, politician, civil rights advocate and banking entrepreneur. Among his many accomplishments, he ...more

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Bryan-Michael Cox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper Bryan-Michael Cox is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American songwriter and record producer, notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, ...more

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Henry Ossian Flipper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Henry Ossian Flipper was an American soldier, former slave, and the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, earning a commission as a ...more

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Duke Pearson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Jazz Pianist Columbus Calvin "Duke" Pearson, Jr was an American jazz pianist and composer. Allmusic notes him as being a "big part in shaping the Blue Note label's hard bop direction in the

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Etta Zuber Falconer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Mathematician Etta Zuber Falconer was an educator and mathematician who was one of the first African-American women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics.

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Kenny Leon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Actor Kenny Leon is an American director notable for his work on Broadway and in regional theater. Robert Simonson of Playbill described Leon as "arguably Broadway's leading African-American

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Bryan Barber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Actor, Music video director, Writer Bryan Barber is a music video and motion picture director. He has directed many music videos for popular artists.

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Hamilton Bohannon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Hamilton Frederick Bohannon, often credited and known professionally simply as Bohannon, is an American percussionist, band leader, songwriter and record producer, who was one of the leading ...more

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Charles Evans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
American football player Charles "Chuck" Evans was an American football fullback who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens. He retired at the age of 33 after the 2000 NFL season after ...more

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Hosea Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Businessperson, Civil rights activist, Bail bondsman Hosea Lorenzo Williams was a United States civil rights leader, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician. He may be best known as a trusted member of fellow ...more

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Jacque Reid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Journalist Jacqueline Elaine "Jacque" Reid is a television and radio personality. She was the lead news anchor of The BET Nightly News from 2001-2005. Jacque is currently one of the co-hosts of ...more

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Morris Stroud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
American football player Morris Stroud, is a former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He did not play in the 1969 regular season but was on the roster for the 1969 AFL Championship Game. From 1970 to 1974, he played ...more

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Greg McCrary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
American football player Gregory Alonza McCrary was an American football tight end in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, and the San Diego Chargers. He played college football at ...more

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Hank DeZonie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Basketball player Henry Lincoln "Hank" DeZonie was an American professional basketball player. He was the fourth African American player in the National Basketball Association, following Earl Lloyd, ...more

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Shay Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Playwright Shay Youngblood is a novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. She was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1959. She has been fascinated with the written word since she first learned how to ...more

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Mamie Locke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Mamie E. Locke is an African-American politician and educator. A Democrat, she was a member of the Hampton, Virginia city council 1996–2004, and mayor 2000–2004. Since 2004, she has been a ...more

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Charles Clinton Spaulding is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Businessperson Charles Clinton Spaulding was a prominent business leader who founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, which became America's largest black-owned business, with assets of over US$ ...more

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Carl Ware is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Carl Ware Businessperson Carl Ware is an American businessman and a retired Executive Vice-President of The Coca Cola Company.

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Jody Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Jody Mayfield Record producer, Songwriter

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Travis Hunter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Travis Hunter Songwriter, Writer A native of Florence, South Carolina, Travis Hunter is the author of seven novels of urban fiction. As an author, songwriter, motivational speaker and father, Travis self-published his first ...more

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Pernessa C. Seele is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Pernessa C. Seele Immunologist Pernessa C. Seele is an American immunologist and interfaith public health activist. Seele is the CEO and founder of Balm in Gilead, Inc., a religious-based organization that provides support to ...more

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Georgia Douglas Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Writer Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson, better known as Georgia Douglas Johnson, was an American poet, one of the earliest African-American female playwrights, and a member of the Harlem

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Kali Troy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Kali Troy Actor Kali Bianca Troy is an American voice over actress also known as Kittie. She is known for her starring roles on American Dragon: Jake Long as Trixie Carter and W.I.T.C.H. as Taranee Cook. She ...more

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Horace Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Horace Taliaferro Ward was the first African American to challenge the racially discriminatory practices at the University of Georgia School of Law. Ward was born in LaGrange, Georgia. After ...more

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Wynona Lipman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Politician Wynona Moore Lipman was an American Democratic Party politician who represented the 29th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate. Lipman became the first African-American woman to be ...more

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Nnegest Likké is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Nnegest Likké Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Nnegest Likké is an American film director and screenwriter.

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Robert R. Jennings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Robert R. Jennings was president of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University between January 2006 and March 2008. He was President of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

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James R. Spencer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
James R. Spencer Judge James Randolph Spencer is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He was born in Florence, South Carolina in 1949 and attended Clark College in ...more

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Ellia English is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Pianist, Actor, Singer Ellia English is an American singer, dancer, stage and film actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Helen "Aunt Helen" King on the comedy sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show which ...more