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Famous Howard University Alumni

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

Take a look at this list of notable Howard University alumni.
  • 1

    Sean Combs

    Fashion designer, Record producer
    Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy,...  more

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  • 2

    Thurgood Marshall

    Judge, Politician
    Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as...  more

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  • 3

    Elijah Cummings

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  • 4

    Phylicia Rashād

    Theatre Director, Actor
    Phylicia Rashād ( fih-LI-shə rə-SHAHD) (née Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American...  more

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  • 5

    Taraji P. Henson

    Actor, Singer
    Taraji Penda Henson ( tə-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and author....  more

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  • 6

    Omarosa Manigault

    Businessperson, Actor
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  • 7

    Ossie Davis

    Activist, Poet
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  • 8

    Michael Blakey

    Film Score Composer, Arranger
    Michael Blakey may refer to: Michael Blakey (anthropologist) (born 1953), professor at the...  more
  • 9

    Ananda Lewis

    Activist, Talk show host
    Ananda Lewis (born March 21, 1973) is an American television personality, model and social...  more

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    Ambre Anderson

    Fashion Model, Model
    Ambre Michele Anderson is an American model and actress. Anderson has appeared in national and...  more
  • 11

    Toni Morrison

    Editor, Poet
    Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August...  more
  • 12

    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Bassist, Record producer
    Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an...  more

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  • 13

    Andrew Young

    Politician, Film Producer
    Andrew Jackson Young Jr. (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, and...  more
  • 14
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  • 15

    Ralph Bunche

    Diplomat, Political Science
    Ralph Johnson Bunche (; August 7, 1904 – December 9, 1971) was an American political...  more
  • 16

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Anthropologist, Novelist
    Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of...  more
  • 17

    Alcee Hastings

    Judge, Politician
    Alcee Lamar Hastings (September 5, 1936 – April 6, 2021) was the U.S. Representative for...  more

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  • 18

    Lance Gross

    Model, Actor
    Lance Darnell Gross (born July 8, 1981) is an American actor, model and photographer of...  more
  • 19

    Douglas Wilder

    Politician, Lawyer
    Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who...  more
  • 20

    Patricia Bath

    Physician, Ophthalmology
    Patricia Era Bath (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, inventor,...  more
  • 21

    Isaiah Washington

    Soldier, Film Producer
    Isaiah Washington IV (born August 3, 1963) is an American actor. Washington has appeared in...  more

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    #798 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#73 of 178 The Greatest Black Actors In Film History

  • 22

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Poet, Novelist
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and...  more
  • 23
    Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. (1880 – November 26, 1970) was a United States Army officer. He...  more
  • 24
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  • 25

    Thomas Sowell

    Journalist, Professor
    Thomas Sowell (; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist and social theorist who is...  more

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