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

List features graduates like Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall.

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

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Lyricist James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more

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Thurgood Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lincoln 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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Ann Walton Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Ann Walton Kroenke is an heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune. Kroenke and her sister, Nancy Walton Laurie, inherited stock from her father, Bud Walton, who was brother and an early business partner ...more

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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Musician, Bandleader, Singer-songwriter Cabell "Cab" Calloway III was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer. Calloway was a ...more

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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative ...more

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Joe Torry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Rapper, Comedian, Entrepreneur Joe Torry is an American actor and comedian.

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Lloyd L. Gaines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Lloyd L. Gaines Lloyd Lionel Gaines was the plaintiff in Gaines v. Canada, one of the most important court cases in the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1930s. After being denied admission to the University of ...more

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Kwame Nkrumah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Politician, Lecturer Kwame Nkrumah, P.C. was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. He became the first Prime Minister of the Gold Coast in 1951, and led it to independence ...more

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Horace Mann Bond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Historian, Teacher Horace Mann Bond was an American historian, college administrator, social science researcher, and the father of civil-rights leader Julian Bond. He earned a master's and doctorate from ...more

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Archibald Grimké is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Journalist, Diplomat, Lawyer Archibald Henry Grimké was an American lawyer, intellectual, journalist, diplomat and community leader in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A graduate of freedmen's schools, Lincoln ...more

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Lillian E. Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Military Officer Lillian Elaine Fishburne was the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She was appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral by President of the ...more

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Mervyn M. Dymally is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Politician Mervyn Malcolm Dymally was a California Democratic politician. He served in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California, and in ...more

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Thomas E. Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer, Teacher Thomas Ezekiel Miller was an American educator, lawyer and politician. After being elected as a state legislator in South Carolina, he was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress ...more

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Blaine Luetkemeyer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Politician Blaine Luetkemeyer is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district. He represented Missouri's 9th congressional district from 2009 to 2013, until that district was ...more

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John Hicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Musician John Josephus Hicks, Jr. was an American jazz pianist and composer, active in the New York and international jazz scenes from the mid-1960s.

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Bruce M. Wright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Bruce M. Wright Jurist Bruce Wright is an award winning author.

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Robert L. Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Judge Robert Lee Carter was an American civil rights activist and a United States District Judge.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, P.C., usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He ...more

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Harold E. Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Harold E. Pierce Harold E. Pierce Jr. Brigadier General was an internationally renowned American Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon who practiced principally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over 48 years. He ...more

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Nancy Ellen Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Actor Nancy Ellen Mills is an actor.

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Melvin B. Tolson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Poet, Politician, Journalist Melvin Beaunorus Tolson was an American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician. His work concentrated on the experience of African Americans and includes several long historical ...more

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Oliver Cox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Writer Oliver Cromwell Cox was a Trinidadian-American sociologist noted for his early Marxist viewpoint on Fascism. He is a member of the Chicago school of sociology

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Lincoln Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Actor Lincoln Kilpatrick was an American film, television, and stage actor.

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Carey Means is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Actor Carey Means is an American voice actor best known for playing Frylock in the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

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Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. Politician Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix Sr. was the first African American to represent Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives. The Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is ...more

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Herb Wesson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Herb Wesson Politician Herb J. Wesson, Jr. is an American politician in California. He currently serves as a Los Angeles City Councilmember, representing the 10th district, and also serves as the President of the ...more

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Roscoe Lee Browne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting Roscoe Lee Browne was an American actor and director, known for his rich voice and dignified bearing.

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Jim Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Jim Tolbert American football player Jim Tolbert is a former professional American Football player who played defensive back for eleven years in the American Football League and in the NFL from 1966 through 1976. Before his ...more

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John McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
John McDaniel American football player John McDaniel is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Lincoln University ...more

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M. Carl Holman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Writer, Playwright M. Carl Holman was an African-American author, poet and playwright. One of his noted works is The Baptizin‘. Holman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln ...more

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Zeke Moore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
American football player Zeke Moore is a former professional American Football player who played defensive back for the American Football League's Houston Oilers from 1967–1969, and for the NFL Oilers from 1970 through ...more

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Larry Neal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Larry Neal Writer Larry Neal or Lawerence Neal was a scholar of African-American theatre. He is well known for his contributions to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Frank Coleman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Frank "Tick" Coleman was an educator and community volunteer. Born in Washington, D.C., Coleman grew up in its Point Breeze neighborhood. He was one of the first black Eagle Scouts. ...more

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Lemar Parrish is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
American football player Lemar R. Parrish is a former professional American football player who played defensive back in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and Buffalo Bills.

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Leo Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Leo Lewis American football player Leo Everett Lewis, Jr. was an American college football player (running back) for Lincoln University of Missouri in the 1950s, who continued his success with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the ...more

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Abdulalim A. Shabazz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Mathematician Abdulalim A. Shabazz is an African American Professor of Mathematics. He received the National Association of Mathematicians Distinguished Service Award for his years of mentoring and teaching ...more

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Nathan Francis Mossell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Nathan Francis Mossell Nathan Francis Mossell was the first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1882. He did post-graduate training at hospitals in Philadelphia and ...more

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Oliver Lake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Oliver Lake Oliver Lake is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly on alto saxophone but also performs on soprano saxophone and flute. During the 1960s Lake worked with ...more

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Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Civil Rights Advocate, Lobbyist Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. was a civil rights activist and was the chief lobbyist for the NAACP for nearly 30 years. He also served as a regional director for the organization. Mitchell, ...more

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Robert Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Robert Walter Johnson Physician Robert Walter Johnson was an American physician and founder of the American Tennis Association Junior Development Program for African-American youths, where he coached and fostered the careers ...more

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J. Paul Reason is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Joseph Paul Reason was Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet from 1996 to 1999. Earlier in his career, as a commander, he was naval aide to the President of the United States, Jimmy ...more

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Sheila Oliver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Politician Sheila Y. Oliver is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2004, where she represents the 34th legislative district. She previously ...more

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James L. Usry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Basketball player, Politician James Leroy Usry was the first African-American mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Monte Irvin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Baseball player Monford Merrill "Monte" Irvin is a former left fielder and right fielder in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball who played with the Newark Eagles, New York Giants and Chicago ...more

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Julius Hemphill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Julius Arthur Hemphill was a jazz composer and saxophone player. He performed mainly on alto saxophone, less often on soprano and tenor saxophones and flute.

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Oliver Nelson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer Oliver Edward Nelson was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He is perhaps best remembered for his groundbreaking 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the ...more

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Ebenezer Ako-Adjei is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Politician Dr. Ebenezer Ako-Adjei was a nationalist politician from Ghana. Ako-Adjei is considered to be one of the Big Six. The Big Six are arguably some of the most famous people in Ghana's fight for ...more

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William Drew Robeson I is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
William Drew Robeson I William Drew Robeson I was the father of Paul Robeson and the minister of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey from 1880 to 1901. The Witherspoon Street Presbyterian ...more

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Aaron Albert Mossell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Aaron Albert Mossell Aaron Albert Mossell II was the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the father of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.

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Francis James Grimké is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lincoln University Alumni
Francis James Grimké Francis James Grimké was an American Presbyterian minister in Washington, DC who was prominent in working for equal rights for African Americans. He was active in the Niagara Movement and ...more