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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?”
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    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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 films since...  more

    #65 of 250 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#102 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#20 of 149 The Greatest Hollywood Screenwriters Of All-Time, Ranked

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    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1871-1938)

    BirthplaceJacksonville, 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 Johnson....  more
  • 3


    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster....  more
  • 4
    Civil rights activist, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 61 (1893-1955)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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 a...  more
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    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

    #497 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#63 of 410 The Most Important Military Leaders in World History#261 of 344 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    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 America's Next Top...  more

    #12 of 50 The Greatest Black Female Models#17 of 22 Celebrities Who Live In Atlanta#50 of 73 Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2018

  • 7
    Songwriter, Rapper


    BirthplaceJacksonville, USA, Florida

    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 late...  more

    #179 of 238 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time#44 of 232 The Best New York Rappers#89 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Wrestler, Actor


    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 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 Democratic...  more
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    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 in the...  more
  • 11
    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 pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing...  more
  • 12
    Librarian, Politician

    AgeDec. at 77 (1936-2013)

    BirthplaceCollierville, 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 1983...  more
  • 13
    Record producer, Rapper


    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    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 co-founder...  more
  • 14
    Businessperson, Chemist


    BirthplacePavo, 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 the...  more
  • 15


    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 congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based...  more
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    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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 born...  more
  • 17
    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSpringfield, 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
  • 18
    Police officer


    BirthplaceOak 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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    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 activist and Christian minister. As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he was a close friend and mentor of...  more
  • 20
    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 Valentino) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has charted three No. 1 albums on Billboard's...  more

    #154 of 228 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time#121 of 178 The Best Rappers From Atlanta#72 of 177 The Greatest R&B Artists of All Time

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    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 civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the...  more
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    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 many...  more
  • 23
    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceMiami, 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 (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
  • 25
    Jazz Pianist

    AgeDec. at 47 (1932-1980)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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 Note label's hard bop...  more