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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Howard University and be of some renown.

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), also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor, ...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 (born March 21, 1973) 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 ...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 (February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. ...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