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List of famous alumni from Dillard University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Dillard University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Dillard University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Dillard 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 Dillard University.

Items include everything from Garrett Morris to Lou Rawls.

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

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Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Coretta Scott King Civil rights activist, Author, Singer Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate ...more

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Andrew Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Andrew Young Politician, Film Producer, Screenwriter Andrew Jackson Young is an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as a Congressman from Georgia's 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador ...more

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Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Garrett Morris Comedian, Actor, Singer Garrett Gonzalez Morris is an American comedian and actor. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a ...more

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Alice Dunbar Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Alice Dunbar Nelson Journalist, Writer Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent ...more

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Ruth Simmons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Ruth Simmons Professor Ruth Simmons was the 18th president of Brown University, the first black president of an Ivy League institution. Simmons was elected Brown's first female president in November 2000. Simmons ...more

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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Lou Rawls Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had ...more

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P. B. S. Pinchback is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
P. B. S. Pinchback Politician, Lawyer Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback was a publisher and politician, a Union Army officer, and the first person of African descent to become governor of a U.S. state. He was born free in Georgia. A ...more

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Beah Richards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Beah Richards Poet, Author, Actor Beah Richards was an American actress of stage, screen and television. She was a poet, playwright and author. During her career, Richards was nominated for a Tony and Academy Awards, and ...more

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Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Pianist, Musician, Teacher Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. is an American jazz pianist. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and '90s as the patriarch of a musical family, with sons ...more

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John Hope Franklin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
John Hope Franklin Historian, Professor, Author John Hope Franklin was an American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the ...more

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Leah Chase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Leah Chase TV chef, Chef Leah Chase is a New Orleans chef, author and television personality. She is known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, and advocates for African-American art and Creole cooking. Her restaurant, Dooky ...more

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Marian Wright Edelman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Marian Wright Edelman Activist, Author Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of ...more

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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Benjamin Mays Writer Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American black minister, educator, sociologist, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940 to 1967. Mays was also a ...more

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Joyce M. Roche is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Joyce M. Roche Businessperson Joyce M. Roché is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Incorporated. Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia ...more

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John W. E. Bowen, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
John W. E. Bowen, Sr. Professor, Pastor John Wesley Edward Bowen was born into American slavery and became a Methodist clergyman, denominational official, college and university educator and one of the first African Americans to earn ...more

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Louis Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Louis Pendleton Businessperson, Politician, Dentist Louis Christopher Pendleton was an African-American dentist, businessman, and civic leader in Shreveport, Louisiana, who organized the civil rights movement in his city through the formation of ...more

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Brenda Marie Osbey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Brenda Marie Osbey Poet Brenda Marie Osbey is an American poet.

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Howard Thurman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Howard Thurman Writer Howard Thurman was an influential African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and Boston University for more ...more

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Samella Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Samella Lewis Artist Samella Sanders Lewis is an African-American artist, author, art historian and former educator. Widely exhibited and collected as an artist herself, she is nevertheless perhaps even better known ...more

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George T. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
George T. Johnson Basketball player George Thomas Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'11" forward/center born in Tylertown, Mississippi and from Dillard University, he played in 13 NBA seasons as ...more

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Khalid Abdul Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Khalid Abdul Muhammad Khalid Abdul Muhammad was a black activist who came to prominence as the National Assistant to Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. After a racially inflammatory 1993 speech at Kean College, ...more

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Carl E. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Carl E. Stewart Judge, Lawyer Carl E. Stewart is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, Stewart previously sat on Louisiana's Second Court of Appeal, ...more

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Alfredo Ott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Alfredo Ott Basketball player Alfredo Joseph Ott III is an American basketball player currently playing for CB Clavijo of Spain's LEB Oro. He previously played two years for the Worthing Thunder of England's EBL Division 1, ...more

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Renée Gill Pratt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Renée Gill Pratt Politician Renée Gill Pratt is a local politician from New Orleans. She was also Director of the Center for Student Retention and Success in Southern University at New Orleans. On July 25, 2011, she ...more

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Harold Battiste is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Harold Battiste Harold Raymond Battiste, Jr., is an American music composer, arranger, performer and teacher. He attended New Orleans' Dillard University, earning a B.S. in music in 1953. His first success as a ...more

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Jericho Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Jericho Brown Poet, Writer Jericho Brown, born Nelson Demery, III, is an American poet. In 2011, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.

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Margie Joseph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Margie Joseph Songwriter, Singer Margaret Marie "Margie" Joseph is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer. Her greatest success came in the 1970s with her versions of Paul McCartney's "My Love" and The ...more

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Sherman Copelin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Sherman Copelin Politician Sherman Nathaniel Copelin, Jr. is a politician and businessman from his native New Orleans, Louisiana. Copelin, the son of a funeral director, graduated from St. Augustine High School and then ...more

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James W. Ames is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
James W. Ames Physician James W. Ames was an African-American physician. Ames was educated at Straight University in New Orleans, and then received a degree from Howard University. He had taught school in New Orleans ...more

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Jimmy Womack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Jimmy Womack Anesthesiologist Reverend James "Jimmy" Womack is an African-American politician and retired doctor from Detroit, Michigan. In 2008 he was elected to serve the citizens of the 7th District in the ...more

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Robert Frederick Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Robert Frederick Collins Robert Frederick Collins is a former United States federal judge. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Collins received a B.A. from Dillard University in 1951 and an LL.B. from Louisiana State ...more

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Revius Ortique, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Revius Ortique, Jr. Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. was an American jurist, first Afro-American justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and civil rights activist. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he graduated from ...more

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Veronica White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Veronica White Veronica Toussaint White former Director of Sanitation for the City of New Orleans from 2003 to 2010. White held that position under appointment by mayor Ray Nagin. White was replaced by ...more

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Alfred Lloyd Norris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
Alfred Lloyd Norris Alfred Lloyd Norris is a retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1992. He also distinguished himself as a Methodist/United Methodist Pastor, as a District ...more

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John Harvey Lowery is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
John Harvey Lowery Physician John Harvey Lowery, M.D. was an African American physician and philanthropist from Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Born in Plaquemine in Iberville Parish, he was ...more

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Ange Tong is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
knrodgers added Ange Tong Actor Ange Tong is an actor.

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Young Thug is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
knrodgers added Young Thug Rapper Jeffrey Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for the single "Stoner", as well as his collaborations with fellow ...more

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
knrodgers added Ciara Record producer, Songwriter, Fashion Model Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world ...more

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Rich Homie Quan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Dillard University Alumni
knrodgers added Rich Homie Quan Rapper Dequantes Lamar, better known by his stage name Rich Homie Quan is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia signed to T.I.G. Entertainment. He is best known for his songs "Type of Way" ...more