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Famous Spelman College Alumni

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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.
  • 1

    Alice Walker

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceEatonton, Georgia, United States of America

    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 Award...  more

    #371 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#74 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#23 of 241 The Best Female Authors of All Time

  • 2

    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Entrepreneur, Actor


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    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 13, on...  more
  • 3

    AgeDec. at 78 (1920-1998)

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

    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), and...  more
  • 4


    BirthplaceUSA, Indiana, Gary

    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 with...  more
  • 5

    Rolonda Watts

    Novelist, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, 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
  • 6

    Leslie Sykes

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceSan 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, ABC's owned and...  more
  • 7

    Betty Davis

    TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

    BirthplaceGeorgia, United States of America

  • 8

    Bernice King

    Public speaker, Minister of religion


    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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
  • 9

    Marian Wright Edelman

    Activist, Author


    BirthplaceBennettsville, 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
  • 10

    Shaun Robinson

    Talk show host, Journalist


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Shaun Robinson (born July 11, 1962) is an American television host....  more
  • 11

    Pearl Cleage

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSpringfield, 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
  • 12

    LaTanya Richardson

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA

    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 supporting...  more
  • 13


    BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland, United States of America

    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 her...  more

    #145 of 214 The Greatest Black Actresses Of All Time#857 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#55 of 74 The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

  • 14

    Adrienne-Joi Johnson

    Model, Choreographer


    BirthplaceOrange, 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 guest...  more
  • 15

    Faune A. Chambers

    Actor, Dancer


    BirthplaceUSA, Florida

    Faune Alecia Chambers is an American actress and dancer....  more
  • 16

    Bernice Johnson Reagon

    Music Historian, Composer



    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
  • 17

    Tayari Jones

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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
  • 18

    Marcelite J. Harris

    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....  more
  • 19

    Audrey F. Manley

    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
  • 20

    Cassi Davis

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceHolly 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 has...  more
  • 21

    Linda Goode Bryant

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceColumbus, 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 activist....  more
  • 22

    Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

    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
  • 23

    Tia Fuller

    Musician, Bandleader


    BirthplaceAurora, 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 department...  more
  • 24

    Mary Barksdale

    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, of the...  more
  • 25

    Tanya Walton Pratt



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