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Famous Lincoln University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Lincoln University and be of some renown.

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?”
  • Langston Hughes1

    Langston Hughes

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1902-1967)

    BirthplaceJoplin, Missouri, United States of America

    James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social...  more

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    #105 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#11 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • 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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    #470 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#73 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • Ann Walton Kroenke3
    Ann Walton Kroenke (born December 18, 1948) is an heir to the Walmart fortune. Kroenke and her...  more
  • Cab Calloway4

    Cab Calloway

    Musician, Bandleader

    AgeDec. at 87 (1907-1994)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Rochester

    Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer,...  more
  • Gil Scott-Heron5

    Gil Scott-Heron

    Film Score Composer, Poet

    AgeDec. at 62 (1949-2011)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet,...  more

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    The Best Gil Scott-Heron Albums of All Time#436 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?

  • 6

    Joe Torry

    Rapper, Comedian


    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Joseph Pierre "Joe" Torry (born September 28, 1965) is an American actor and comedian....  more
  • 7

    Lloyd L. Gaines

    Lloyd Lionel Gaines (1911, Water Valley, Mississippi – disappeared March 19, 1939, Chicago)...  more
  • Kwame Nkrumah8

    Kwame Nkrumah

    Politician, Lecturer

    AgeDec. at 63 (1909-1972)

    BirthplaceNkroful, Ghana

    Kwame Nkrumah PC (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was a Ghanaian politician and...  more
  • Horace Mann Bond9

    Horace Mann Bond

    Historian, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 68 (1904-1972)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Horace Mann Bond (November 8, 1904 – December 21, 1972) was an American historian, college...  more
  • Archibald Grimké10

    Archibald Grimké

    Journalist, Diplomat

    AgeDec. at 81 (1849-1930)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Archibald Henry Grimké (August 17, 1849 – February 25, 1930) was an American lawyer,...  more
  • Lillian E. Fishburne11

    Lillian E. Fishburne

    Military Officer


    BirthplacePatuxent River, Maryland

    Lillian Elaine Fishburne (born March 25, 1949) was the first African-American female to hold...  more
  • Mervyn M. Dymally12

    AgeDec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceSouthern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, Cedros, Siparia Regional Corporation, Trinidad

    Mervyn Malcolm Dymally (May 12, 1926 – October 7, 2012) was a Democratic politician from...  more
  • Thomas E. Miller13

    Thomas E. Miller

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 89 (1849-1938)

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina, United States of America

    Thomas Ezekiel Miller (June 17, 1849 – April 8, 1938) was an American educator, lawyer and...  more
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer14


    BirthplaceJefferson City, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Cole County

    William Blaine Luetkemeyer (; born May 7, 1952) is an American politician currently serving...  more
  • John Hicks15

    John Hicks

    Jazz Pianist, Pianist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1941-2006)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    John Josephus Hicks, Jr. (December 21, 1941 – May 10, 2006) was an American jazz pianist,...  more
  • Bruce M. Wright16

    Bruce M. Wright


    AgeDec. at 88 (1917-2005)

    BirthplacePrinceton Township, New Jersey

    Bruce McMarion Wright (born Marion Bruce Wright, December 19, 1917 – March 24, 2005) was an...  more
  • Robert L. Carter17

    AgeDec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceCaryville, Florida

    Robert Lee Carter (March 11, 1917 – January 3, 2012) was an American lawyer, civil rights...  more
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe18
    Nnamdi Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as "Zik", was a...  more
  • Harold E. Pierce19

    Harold E. Pierce

    Harold E. Pierce Jr. Brigadier General (USAF, PANG, ret.) (April 4, 1922 – October 25, 2006)...  more
  • Nancy Ellen Mills20


    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Nancy Ellen Mills is an actor....  more
  • Melvin B. Tolson21

    Melvin B. Tolson

    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 68 (1898-1966)

    BirthplaceMoberly, Missouri

    Melvin Beaunorus Tolson (February 6, 1898 – August 29, 1966) was an American poet, educator,...  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 73 (1901-1974)

    BirthplacePort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

    Oliver Cromwell Cox (25 August 1901 – 4 September 1974) was a Trinidadian-American sociologist...  more
  • 23

    AgeDec. at 72 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA

    Lincoln Kilpatrick (February 12, 1932 – May 18, 2004) was an American film, television, and...  more
  • 24
    Carey Means (born December 4, 1966) is an American voice artist and actor best known for...  more
  • Robert N.C. Nix, Sr.25

    Robert N.C. Nix, Sr.


    AgeDec. at 89 (1898-1987)

    BirthplaceOrangeburg, South Carolina, United States of America

    Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix Sr. (August 9, 1898 – June 22, 1987) was an American politician...  more