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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