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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.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Spike Lee and Emmanuel Lewis.

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

Age: 61

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 ...more

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#59 of 226 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked #408 of 532 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With #86 of 778 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

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James Weldon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 67 (1871-1938)

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail ...more
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Emmanuel Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster.

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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

Age: Dec. at 62 (1893-1955)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Walter Francis White (July 1, 1893 – March 21, 1955) was an American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for almost a quarter of ...more
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Shaka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 41 (1787-1828)

Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu, Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]), was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom. He was born in the lunar month of ...more

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#482 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #144 of 370 The Most Important Leaders In World History #273 of 452 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Eva Marcille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model, Actor

Age: 34

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Eva Marcille Sterling (née, Pigford; born October 30, 1984) is an American actress, fashion model and television personality. She started her career by winning the third cycle of ...more

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#17 of 22 Celebrities Who Live In Atlanta #50 of 73 Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2018 #16 of 57 Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2019

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Mase is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Mase Songwriter, Rapper, Musician

Age: 43

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Mase (formerly Murda Mase and stylized as Ma$e), is an American rapper, songwriter and minister. He is known for his ...more

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New Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, better known by his stage name New Jack. He is best known for his time with Extreme Championship Wrestling ...more
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Otis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Politician

Age: 87

Otis Samuel Johnson is an American social worker, educator and politician from the U.S. state of Georgia who served as the Mayor of Savannah from 2004 until 2012. He is a member of the ...more
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Marva Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni

Age: 82

Birthplace: Monroeville, Alabama

Marva Delores Collins (née Knight; August 31, 1936 – June 24, 2015) was an American educator. Collins is best known for creating Westside Preparatory School, a private elementary school ...more
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Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader

Age: Dec. at 55 (1897-1952)

Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr. (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing ...more
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Major Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Librarian, Politician

Age: Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Birthplace: Collierville, Tennessee, United States of America

Major Robert Odell Owens (June 28, 1936 – October 21, 2013) was a New York politician and a prominent member of the Democratic Party who served in the United States House of Representatives from ...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

Age: 40

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Tyree Cinque Simmons (born April 22, 1978), professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American DJ, record executive and music promoter originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the ...more

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Reatha Clark King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Businessperson, Chemist

Age: 80

Birthplace: Pavo, Georgia

Reatha Clark King (born April 11, 1938) is an African-American chemist, the former vice president of the General Mills Corporation; and the former president, executive director, and chairman of ...more
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Hank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Henry Calvin Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) 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 ...more
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Ella Gaines Yates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Librarian

Age: Dec. at 79 (1927-2006)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Ella Gaines Yates (June 14, 1927 – June 27, 2006) is recognized in the library world as being the first African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in Georgia.Yates was ...more
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Pearl Cleage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author

Age: 70

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

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

Age: 63

Birthplace: Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Joseph C. Carter is a retired Brigadier General (BG) who was The Adjutant General (TAG) of the Massachusetts National Guard from 2007 - 2012. He is the former chief of the Massachusetts Bay ...more
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Ralph Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Activist, Minister of religion

Age: Dec. at 64 (1926-1990)

Birthplace: Linden, Alabama

Ralph David Abernathy Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was an American civil rights activist and Christian minister. As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he was a close friend and ...more
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Bobby V is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Bobby V Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer

Age: 38

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Bobby Wilson (born February 27, 1980) better known by his stage name Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has charted three No. 1 albums on ...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

Age: Dec. at 61 (1891-1952)

Birthplace: LaGrange, Georgia

Louis Tompkins Wright, MD, FACS (July 23, 1891 – October 8, 1952) was an American surgeon and civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the ...more
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Richard R. Wright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 92 (1855-1947)

Birthplace: Dalton, Georgia

Richard Robert Wright Sr. (May 16, 1855 – July 2, 1947) was an American military officer, educator and college president, politician, civil rights advocate and banking entrepreneur. Among his ...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

Age: 41

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Bryan-Michael Paul Cox (born December 1, 1977), is an American record producer and songwriter who is notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah ...more
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Henry Ossian Flipper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 84 (1856-1940)

Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia

Henry Ossian Flipper (March 21, 1856 – April 26, 1940) was an American soldier, former slave and, in 1877, the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West ...more
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Duke Pearson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni
Jazz Pianist

Age: Dec. at 48 (1932-1980)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Columbus Calvin "Duke" Pearson Jr. (August 17, 1932 – August 4, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Allmusic describes him as having a "big part in shaping the Blue ...more