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

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),[1] currently known by his stage name Diddy, is an American record producer, rapper, actor, and men's fashion designer. He won three Grammy Awards and two ...more

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Thurgood Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Jurist Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American ...more

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Elijah Cummings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician Elijah Eugene Cummings is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district, serving since 1996. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes just over half of ...more

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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting Phylicia Rashād is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated ...more

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Actor, Singer Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy, Shug in Hustle & Flow and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which ...more

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Omarosa Manigault is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, TV Personality Omarosa is a American reality game show and reality show personality. She was a contestant on the first season of Donald Trump's original American version of The Apprentice. She later returned ...more

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Ossie Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Activist, Poet, Screenwriter Ossie Davis was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist.

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Michael Blakey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer Michael Blakey is a record producer, composer, musician, arranger, songwriter and artist manager. Blakey has either produced musical tracks or worked as a musician for a number of notable ...more

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Ananda Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Activist, Talk show host, VJ Ananda Lewis is an American television personality, model and social activist. She was an MTV veejay from the late 1990s until 2001, when she left the network to host her own broadcast ...more

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Ambre Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model, Actor Ambre Michele Anderson is an American model and actress. Anderson has appeared in national and international television commercials, print ads for national magazine publications and national ...more

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Professor Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more

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Andrew Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
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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Patricia Roberts Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Diplomat Patricia Roberts Harris served in the American administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, ...more

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Ralph Bunche is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Diplomat, Political Science Ralph Johnson Bunche was an American political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. He was the first African American ...more

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Anthropologist, Novelist, Author Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 ...more

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Alcee Hastings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Judge, Politician Alcee Lamar Hastings is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He served as a Judge on the ...more

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Lance Gross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Model, Actor Lance Darnell Gross is an American actor and photographer, best known for his role as Calvin Payne on the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne, as well as appearing in other Tyler Perry ...more

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Douglas Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since ...more

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Patricia Bath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Physician, Ophthalmology Patricia Era Bath is an American ophthalmologist, inventor and academic. She has broken ground for women and African Americans in a number of areas. Prior to Bath, no woman had served on the ...more

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Isaiah Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Soldier, Film Producer, Actor Isaiah Washington IV is an American-Sierra Leonean actor. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy ...more

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Paul Laurence Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the ...more

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Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. was the first African-American general officer in the United States Army. He was the father of Air Force General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

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Johari Abdul-Malik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Johari Abdul-Malik Winslow Seale is a convert to Islam, and has been the Director of Outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia since June 2002. He is also the former ...more

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Thomas Sowell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Journalist, Professor, Author Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North ...more

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Safiya Songhai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Television producer, Presenter, Film Director Safiya Songhai, is a Student Emmy Award-winning American film director, Television Anchor/Reporter and beauty queen. She was the 1st Runner-Up to Miss Black USA 2008, representing Massachusetts. ...more

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David Dinkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Teacher David Norman Dinkins is an American politician who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and, to date, only African American to hold that office. Before ...more

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Edward Brooke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edward William Brooke III was an American Republican politician. In 1966, he became the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. No other senator of African heritage ...more

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Mike Espy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy is a United States Democratic politician. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. From 1993 to 1994 he was ...more

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Roxie Roker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Actor Roxie Albertha Roker was an American actress, best known for her role as Helen Willis on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time ...more

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Houston A. Baker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Writer Houston Alfred Baker Jr. is an American scholar specializing in African-American literature and currently serving as a professor at Vanderbilt University in the English department. Baker served ...more

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Carla Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Chef Carla Hall is an American chef and television personality. She was a finalist in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show. She is currently one of five cohosts ...more

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Laz Alonso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, Banker Lazaro "Laz" Alonso is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the ...more

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Virginia Capers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Actor Eliza Virginia Capers was an American actress She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1974 for her performance as Lena Younger in Raisin, a musical version of Lorraine ...more

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C. Anthony Muse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
C. Anthony Muse is an American politician and minister from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He is currently serving in his 2nd term in the Maryland State Senate, representing ...more

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Amii Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Singer Amy 'Amii' Paulette Stewart is an American disco/soul/dance-pop singer, dancer and actress most famous for her hit disco record "Knock on Wood". Stewart is the stepsister of ...more

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Sharon Pratt Kelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Sharon Pratt Kelly, formerly Sharon Pratt Dixon and now known as Sharon Pratt, was the third mayor of the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1995. Pratt was the first black woman to serve as ...more

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Carl Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Actor, Singer Carl Anderson was an American singer, film and theatre actor best known for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot in the Broadway and film versions of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew ...more

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Walter Lincoln Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Chemist Walter Lincoln Hawkins was an African-American scientist and inventor who, while working at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s, helped to make universal service possible. Hawkins developed a plastic ...more

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Marjorie Lee Browne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Mathematician, Professor Marjorie Lee Browne was a noted mathematics educator. She was one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics.

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Kelly Miller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Mathematician, Professor, Newspaper Kelly Miller was an African-American mathematician, sociologist, essayist, newspaper columnist, author, and an important figure in the intellectual life of black America for close to half a ...more

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Bill Bell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Electrical engineer Born "William V. Bell," Bill Bell is the current mayor of Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard ...more

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Daniel G. Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Sociologist, Historian, Civil servant Daniel Grafton Hill III, OC OOnt was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian. Born in Independence, Missouri, he grew up in the western ...more

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Charlene Drew Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Researcher, Psychologist Charlene Drew Jarvis is an American educator and former scientific researcher and politician who served as the president of Southeastern University until March 31, 2009. Jarvis is the daughter ...more

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Gregory Meeks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician Gregory Weldon Meeks is the U.S. Representative for New York's 5th congressional district, formerly in the 6th District since 1998. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district formerly ...more

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Lori Stokes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist Lori Stokes is co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon alongside Ken Rosato on WABC-TV in New York City. She joined the station on April 17, 2000, as part of an ...more

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Walter Washington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Walter Edward Washington, was an American politician. He was chief executive of Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1979, serving as the first and only Mayor-Commissioner from 1967 to 1974 and as the ...more

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Adrian Fenty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Consultant, Lawyer Adrian Malik Fenty is an American politician who served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia. He served one term, from 2007 to 2011, losing his bid for reelection at the primary level ...more

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James W. Holley, III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Dentist James W. Holley, III was an American politician and dental surgeon. Holley served two terms as mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia. Both terms ended with his being recalled from office, making him the ...more

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Percy Lavon Julian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist Percy Lavon Julian was an American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and ...more