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Famous Clark Atlanta University Alumni

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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?”
  • Spike Lee1

    Spike Lee

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer,...  more

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    #99 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#70 of 249 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

  • James Weldon Johnson2

    James Weldon Johnson

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1871-1938)

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer,...  more
  • Emmanuel Lewis3


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing the title...  more
  • Walter Francis White4

    Walter Francis White

    Civil rights activist, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 62 (1893-1955)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Walter Francis White (July 1, 1893 – March 21, 1955) was an American civil rights activist...  more
  • Shaka5
    Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu, Zulu pronunciation:...  more

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    #546 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#135 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History

  • Eva Marcille6

    Eva Marcille

    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Eva Marcille Sterling (née, Pigford; born October 30, 1984) is an American actress, fashion...  more
  • Mase7


    Songwriter, Rapper


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Mase (formerly Murda...  more


    #178 of 235 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time#87 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

  • New Jack8

    New Jack

    Wrestler, Actor


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, better...  more
  • Otis Johnson9

    Otis Johnson



    Otis Samuel Johnson is an American social worker, educator and politician from the U.S. state...  more
  • 10
    Marva Delores Collins (née Knight; August 31, 1936 – June 24, 2015) was an American educator....  more
  • Fletcher Henderson11

    Fletcher Henderson

    Jazz Pianist, Musician

    AgeDec. at 55 (1897-1952)

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr. (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) was an American...  more
  • Major Owens12

    Major Owens

    Librarian, Politician

    AgeDec. at 77 (1936-2013)

    BirthplaceTennessee, Collierville, Shelby County, United States of America, United States

    Major Robert Odell Owens (June 28, 1936 – October 21, 2013) was a New York politician and a...  more
  • DJ Drama13

    DJ Drama

    Record producer, Rapper


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Tyree Cinque Simmons (born April 22, 1978), professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American...  more
  • Reatha Clark King14

    Reatha Clark King

    Businessperson, Chemist


    BirthplacePavo, Georgia

    Reatha Clark King (born April 11, 1938) is an African-American chemist, the former vice...  more
  • Hank Johnson15

    Hank Johnson



    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    Henry Calvin Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 79 (1927-2006)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Ella Gaines Yates (June 14, 1927 – June 27, 2006) is recognized in the library world as being...  more
  • Pearl Cleage17

    Pearl Cleage

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Pearl Cleage is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been...  more
  • 18

    Joseph C. Carter

    Police officer


    BirthplaceOak Bluffs, Massachusetts

    Joseph C. Carter is a retired Brigadier General (BG) who was The Adjutant General (TAG) of the...  more
  • Ralph Abernathy19

    Ralph Abernathy

    Activist, Minister of religion

    AgeDec. at 64 (1926-1990)

    BirthplaceLinden, Alabama

    Ralph David Abernathy Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was an American civil rights...  more
  • Bobby V20

    Bobby V

    Singer-songwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    Bobby Wilson (born February 27, 1980) better known by his stage name Bobby V (formerly Bobby...  more


    #104 of 189 The Best Rappers From Atlanta#173 of 252 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

  • Louis T. Wright21

    Louis T. Wright

    Entrepreneur, Military Officer

    AgeDec. at 61 (1891-1952)

    BirthplaceLaGrange, Georgia

    Louis Tompkins Wright, MD, FACS (July 23, 1891 – October 8, 1952) was an American surgeon and...  more
  • Richard R. Wright22
    Richard Robert Wright Sr. (May 16, 1855 – July 2, 1947) was an American military officer,...  more
  • Bryan-Michael Cox23

    Bryan-Michael Cox

    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Bryan-Michael Paul Cox (born December 1, 1977), is an American record producer and songwriter...  more
  • Henry Ossian Flipper24
    Henry Ossian Flipper (March 21, 1856 – April 26, 1940) was an American soldier, former slave...  more
  • Duke Pearson25

    Duke Pearson

    Jazz Pianist

    AgeDec. at 48 (1932-1980)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Columbus Calvin "Duke" Pearson Jr. (August 17, 1932 – August 4, 1980) was an American jazz...  more