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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?”

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  • Sean Combs1

    Sean Combs

    Fashion designer, Record producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

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  • Thurgood Marshall2

    Thurgood Marshall

    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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

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  • Elijah Cummings3

    Elijah Cummings



    BirthplaceArea code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States

    Elijah Eugene Cummings (born January 18, 1951) is an American politician and the member of the...  more
  • Phylicia Rashād4

    Phylicia Rashād

    Theatre Director, Actor


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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

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  • Taraji P. Henson5

    Taraji P. Henson

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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

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  • Omarosa Manigault6

    Omarosa Manigault

    Businessperson, Actor


    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio, USA

    Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman (; born February 5, 1974), often mononymously known as Omarosa,...  more

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  • Ossie Davis7

    Ossie Davis

    Activist, Poet

    AgeDec. at 88 (1917-2005)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Cogdell

    Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American...  more


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  • Michael Blakey8

    Michael Blakey

    Film Score Composer, Arranger


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Michael Blakey may refer to: Michael Blakey (anthropologist) (born 1953), professor at the...  more
  • Ananda Lewis9

    Ananda Lewis

    Activist, Talk show host


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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

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  • Ambre Anderson10

    Ambre Anderson

    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Ambre Michele Anderson is an American model and actress. Anderson has appeared in national and...  more
  • Toni Morrison11

    Toni Morrison

    Editor, Poet


    BirthplaceLorain, Ohio, United States of America

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

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  • Meshell Ndegeocello12

    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Bassist, Record producer


    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

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

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  • Andrew Young13

    Andrew Young

    Politician, Film Producer


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Andrew Jackson Young Jr. (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, and...  more
  • Patricia Roberts Harris14

    AgeDec. at 61 (1924-1985)

    BirthplaceMattoon, Illinois, United States of America

    Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985) served in the American administration...  more

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  • Ralph Bunche15

    Ralph Bunche

    Diplomat, Political Science

    AgeDec. at 68 (1903-1971)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Ralph Johnson Bunche (; August 7, 1904 – December 9, 1971) was an American political...  more
  • Zora Neale Hurston16

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Anthropologist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 69 (1891-1960)

    BirthplaceNotasulga, Alabama, United States of America

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

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  • Alcee Hastings17

    Alcee Hastings

    Judge, Politician


    BirthplaceAltamonte Springs, Florida, United States of America

    Alcee Lamar Hastings (born September 5, 1936) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 20th...  more

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  • Lance Gross18

    Lance Gross

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Lance Darnell Gross (born July 8, 1981) is an American actor, model and photographer of...  more
  • Douglas Wilder19

    Douglas Wilder

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who...  more
  • Patricia Bath20

    Patricia Bath

    Physician, Ophthalmology


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Patricia Era Bath (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, inventor,...  more
  • Isaiah Washington21

    Isaiah Washington

    Soldier, Film Producer


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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

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  • Paul Laurence Dunbar22

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 34 (1872-1906)

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and...  more
  • Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.23
    Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. (1880 – November 26, 1970) was a United States Army officer. He...  more
  • Johari Abdul-Malik24
    Johari Abdul-Malik Ibn Winslow Seale (born in Brooklyn, New York City) is a convert to Islam,...  more
  • Thomas Sowell25

    Thomas Sowell

    Journalist, Professor


    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

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

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