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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

Age: 49

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Thurgood Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Jurist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall ...more

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Elijah Cummings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician

Age: 68

Birthplace: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States, + more

Elijah Eugene Cummings (born January 18, 1951) is an American politician and the member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district. The district includes just ...more
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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 70

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Phylicia Rashād ( fih-LI-shə rə-SHAHD) (née Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American actress, singer and stage director. She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom ...more

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Taraji Penda Henson ( tə-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several ...more

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Omarosa Manigault is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, TV Personality

Age: 45

Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States of America

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Ossie Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Ossie Davis Activist, Poet, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Cogdell

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Michael Blakey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

Age: 60

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Ananda Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Activist, Talk show host, VJ

Age: 45

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ambre Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Professor

Age: 88

Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 50

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Andrew Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 86

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Patricia Roberts Harris ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

Birthplace: Mattoon, Illinois, United States of America

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Ralph Bunche is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Diplomat, Political Science

Age: Dec. at 68 (1903-1971)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Anthropologist, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 69 (1891-1960)

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

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Alcee Hastings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Judge, Politician

Age: 82

Birthplace: Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States of America

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Lance Gross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

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Douglas Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 88

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

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Patricia Bath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Physician, Ophthalmology

Age: 76

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

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Isaiah Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Soldier, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston

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Paul Laurence Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 34 (1872-1906)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

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Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 93 (1877-1970)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

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Johari Abdul-Malik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Thomas Sowell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Howard University Alumni
Journalist, Professor, Author

Age: 88

Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

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