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Famous Spelman College Alumni

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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
Poet, Novelist, Author

Age: 75

Birthplace: Eatonton, Putnam County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book ...more

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Keshia Knight Pulliam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Entrepreneur, Actor

Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey

Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable at just the age of 5 to ...more

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Esther Rolle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Pompano Beach

Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was an American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude, for two seasons (1972–1974), ...more

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Sharmell Sullivan-Huffma... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Wrestler, Actor, Dancer

Age: 48

Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (born November 2, 1970) is an American retired professional wrestling valet and former professional wrestler. As the wife of Booker T, she is best known for her time ...more
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Rolonda Watts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Novelist, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Winston-Salem

Rolonda Watts (born July 12, 1959) is an American actress, producer, voice over artist, novelist, motivational speaker, and television and radio talk show host. She is best known for hosting the ...more

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Leslie Sykes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor

Age: 53

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Leslie Ann Sykes (born June 27, 1965) is an American television news anchor, journalist and reporter. Sykes is the morning and midday co-anchor of the "Eyewitness News" at KABC-TV, ...more
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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

Birthplace: Georgia, United States of America

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Bernice King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Public speaker, Minister of religion, Lawyer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Bernice Albertine King (born March 28, 1963) is an American minister and the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was 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
Activist, Author

Age: 79

Birthplace: Bennettsville, South Carolina, United States of America

Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939) is an American activist for children's rights. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president ...more
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Shaun Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Shaun Robinson (born July 11, 1962) is an American television host.
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Pearl Cleage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author

Age: 70

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

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
Television producer, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

LaTanya Richardson (born October 21, 1949), often listed as LaTanya Richardson Jackson, is an American actress and producer. She began her career appearing in off-Broadway, before playing ...more
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Maia Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: USA, Takoma Park, Maryland

Maia Chinassa Campbell (born November 26, 1976) 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 ...more

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Adrienne-Joi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Model, Choreographer, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Orange, USA, New Jersey

Adrienne-Joi Johnson, sometimes credited as A.J. Johnson, (born January 2, 1963) is an American actress, choreographer, fitness trainer, and life coach. Acting since 1987, Johnson has made many ...more
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Faune A. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Actor, Dancer

Age: 42

Birthplace: USA, Florida

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
Music Historian, Composer, Singer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Georgia

Bernice Johnson Reagon (born Bernice Johnson on October 4, 1942) is a song leader, composer, scholar, and social activist, who in the early 1960s was a founding member of the Student Non-violent ...more
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Tayari Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Tayari Jones (born November 30, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage, which was a 2018 Oprah's Book Club Selection, and won the 2019 Women's ...more
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Marcelite J. Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Marcelite J. Harris

Age: 76

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Marcelite J. Harris (January 16, 1943 – September 7, 2018) was an American who became the first African-American female general officer of the United States Air Force.
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Audrey F. Manley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Audrey F. Manley

Age: 84

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Audrey Forbes Manley (born March 25, 1934) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. Manley was the first African-American woman appointed as chief resident at Cook County ...more
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Cassi Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA

Cassandra Davis Patton (born July 30, 1964) is an American actress and singer who is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and its spin-off series The Paynes. She ...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

Age: 70

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Linda Goode Bryant was born July 21, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio to parents Floyd and Josephine Goode. She is known for her work as an arts professional, American documentary filmmaker, and
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Ruby Doris Smith-Robinso... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

Age: Dec. at 25 (1942-1967)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson (April 25, 1942 – October 7, 1967) worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from its earliest days in 1960 until her death in October 1967. She ...more
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Tia Fuller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Musician, Bandleader, Composer

Age: 42

Birthplace: Aurora, Colorado

Tia Fuller (born March 27, 1976) 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 ...more
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Mary Barksdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Mary Barksdale

Age: 99

Mary Zoner Hurston Barksdale Lawes (November 24, 1920 - October 9, 1992 ) was a prominent African-American nurse and businesswoman. She was the owner and administrator, for twenty-seven years, ...more
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Tanya Walton Pratt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
Tanya Walton Pratt Judge

Age: 60

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Tanya Marie Walton Pratt (born December 14, 1959) is an American jurist who serves as United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.