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

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

List includes Alice Walker, Keshia Knight Pulliam and other famous Spelman College Jaguars.

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

Take a look at this list of notable Spelman College alumni.

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Alice Walker Poet, Novelist, Author Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...more

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Keshia Knight Pulliam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Keshia Knight Pulliam Entrepreneur, Actor Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as ...more

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Esther Rolle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Esther Rolle Actor Esther Elizabeth Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans, a no-nonsense wife and mother on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons and its spin-off ...more

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Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman Wrestler, Actor, Dancer Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman is an American retired professional wrestling valet and occasional professional wrestler. As the wife of Booker T she is best known for her time with World Wrestling ...more

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Rolonda Watts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Rolonda Watts Novelist, Actor, Voice acting Rolonda Watts is an American actress, producer, voice over artist, novelist, motivational speaker, and television and radio talk show host. She was the host of eponymous Rolonda, an ...more

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Leslie Sykes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Leslie Sykes Journalist, Newsreader, Actor Leslie Ann Sykes is a television news anchor and reporter.

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Betty Davis TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

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Bernice King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Bernice King Public speaker, Minister of religion, Lawyer Bernice Albertine King is an American minister best known as the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was only five years old when her ...more

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Marian Wright Edelman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Marian Wright Edelman Activist, Author Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of ...more

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Shaun Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Shaun Robinson Talk show host, Journalist, Actor Shaun Robinson is an actor.

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Pearl Cleage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Pearl Cleage Poet, Novelist, Author Pearl Cleage is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club ...more

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LaTanya Richardson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
LaTanya Richardson Television producer, Actor LaTanya Richardson, often listed as LaTanya Richardson Jackson, is an American actress and producer. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. While a student at Atlanta's Spelman College in 1974, she ...more

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Maia Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Maia Campbell Actor Maia Chinassa Campbell is an American film, television actress and model. She is best known for her role as Nicole on the 1994 FOX comedy-drama series South Central and her portrayal of Tiffany ...more

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Adrienne-Joi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Adrienne-Joi Johnson Model, Choreographer, Actor Adrienne-Joi Johnson, sometimes credited as A.J. Johnson, is an American actress, choreographer and fitness coach. Acting since 1988, Johnson has made many guest appearances on sitcoms, ...more

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Faune A. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Faune A. Chambers Actor, Dancer Faune Alecia Chambers is an American actress and dancer

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Bernice Johnson Reagon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Bernice Johnson Reagon Music Historian, Composer, Singer Bernice Johnson Reagon is a singer, composer, scholar, and social activist, who founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973.

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Tayari Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Tayari Jones Novelist, Author, Writer Tayari Jones is an African-American author and winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She was educated Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State

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Marcelite J. Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Marcelite J. Harris Major General Marcelite J. Harris became the first African-American female general officer of the United States Air Force. She was born Marcelite Jordan to Cecil O'Neal Jordan and Marcelite ...more

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Audrey F. Manley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Audrey F. Manley Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley an American pediatrician, and public health administrator. She was appointed acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, Manley ...more

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Cassi Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Cassi Davis Actor, Voice acting, Singer Cassandra "Cassi" Davis is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Davis has done extensive work with director and writer ...more

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Linda Goode Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Linda Goode Bryant Television director, Television producer, Television Editor Linda Goode Bryant is an American documentary filmmaker.

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Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from its earliest days in 1960 until her death in October 1967. She served the organization as an activist in ...more

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Tia Fuller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Tia Fuller Musician, Bandleader, Composer Tia Fuller is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. Fuller is currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee ...more

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Mary Barksdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Mary Barksdale Mary Zoner Hurston Barksdale Lawes was a prominent business woman, the owner and administrator, for twenty-seven years, of the Hurstdale Rest Home, the only black-owned rest home in western ...more

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Tanya Walton Pratt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Tanya Walton Pratt Judge Tanya Marie Walton Pratt is an American jurist who serves as United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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Charleta Tavares is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Charleta Tavares Charleta B.Tavares is a member of the Ohio Senate representing the 15th District since 2011. She previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998. Her district includes ...more

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Barbara Rose Johns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Barbara Rose Johns Barbara Rose Johns was a young, American civil rights leader-pioneer and the niece of the "father of the Civil Rights Movement," Reverend Vernon Johns. On April 23, 1951, at the age of ...more

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Clara Stanton Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Clara Stanton Jones Clara Stanton Jones was the first African-American president of the American Library Association, serving from 1976 to 1977. She was also appointed the director of the Detroit Public Library, ...more

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Janet Bragg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Janet Bragg Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg was an American amateur aviator. She was the first African American woman to hold a Commercial Pilot Licence. Janet Harmon was born on March 24, 1907 in Griffin, ...more

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Alexine Clement Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Alexine Clement Jackson Alexine Clement Jackson was the Chair, Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and former National President of the Young Women's Christian Association. She is the immediate past ...more

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Eva Rutland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Eva Rutland Eva Rutland, was an author of more than 20 romance novels. She was the author When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story and, No Crystal Stair and is the winner of the 2000 Golden Pen Award for ...more

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Ayana V. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Ayana V. Jackson Ayana V. Jackson is a US American photographer and filmmaker. Born in Livingston, New Jersey, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College in 1999. In 2005 at the invitation of ...more

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Alisha Thomas Morgan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Alisha Thomas Morgan Alisha Thomas Morgan is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 39th district.

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Evelynn M. Hammonds is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Evelynn M. Hammonds Professor Evelynn M. Hammonds is an American feminist, academic professor and scholar. She is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and Professor of African and African American ...more

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Varnette Honeywood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Varnette Honeywood Varnette Patricia Honeywood was an American painter, writer, and businesswoman whose paintings and collages depicting African American life hung on walls in interior settings for The Cosby Show ...more

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J. Veronica Biggins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
J. Veronica Biggins Businessperson J Veronica Biggins is a businessperson.

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Brenda V. Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Brenda V. Smith Brenda V. Smith is a law professor at American University's Washington College of Law. From 2004 to 2009 she served on the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Smith was appointed to the ...more

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Deborah Prothrow-Stith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Deborah Prothrow-Stith Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith is a consultant at Spencer Stuart for executive searches for Public Health and Health Care Services organizations, health professional associations, Academic Medical ...more

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Selena Sloan Butler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Selena Sloan Butler Selena Sloan Butler is the founder and first president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association. President Herbert Hoover appointed her to the White House Conference ...more

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Ruth A. Davis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Ruth A. Davis Ruth A. Davis is a United States diplomat. Davis is the 24th Director General of the United States Foreign Service. She is the first woman of color to be appointed as Director General of the ...more

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Blanche Armwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Blanche Armwood Blanche Armwood, Educator, activist and the first African-American woman in the state of Florida to graduate from an accredited law school. Blanche is also known for being the first Executive ...more

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Saundra Dunson-Franks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Saundra Dunson Franks added Actor Saundra Dunson-Franks is an actress.

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Faaya Adem is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
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Rosalind Brewer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
MariaRice added Rosalind Brewer Businessperson Rosalind G. Brewer serves as President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. As of 2014, she is listed as the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.