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Famous Spelman College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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.
  • Alice Walker1

    Alice Walker

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceEatonton, Putnam County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and...  more

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    #423 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#18 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam2

    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...  more

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    #109 of 225 The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time#149 of 191 The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting

  • Esther Rolle3

    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...  more
  • Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman4


    Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (born November 2, 1970) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Rolonda Watts5

    Rolonda Watts

    Novelist, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Winston-Salem

    Rolonda Watts (born July 12, 1959) is an American actress, producer, voice over artist,...  more

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    #72 of 155 The Best Talk Show Hosts Of Daytime, Late Night, and All Time#12 of 28 The Best Black Female Talk Show Hosts In TV History

  • Leslie Sykes6

    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...  more
  • Betty Davis7

    Betty Davis

    TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

    BirthplaceGeorgia, United States of America

  • Bernice King8

    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...  more
  • Marian Wright Edelman9

    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...  more
  • Shaun Robinson10

    Shaun Robinson

    Talk show host, Journalist


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Shaun Robinson (born July 11, 1962) is an American television host....  more
  • Pearl Cleage11

    Pearl Cleage

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Pearl Cleage is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been...  more
  • LaTanya Richardson12

    LaTanya Richardson

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    LaTanya Richardson (born October 21, 1949), often listed as LaTanya Richardson Jackson, is an...  more
  • Maia Campbell13


    BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland, United States of America

    Maia Chinassa Campbell (born November 26, 1976) is an American film, television actress and...  more

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    #792 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#664 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • Adrienne-Joi Johnson14

    Adrienne-Joi Johnson

    Model, Choreographer


    BirthplaceOrange, New Jersey, USA

    Adrienne-Joi Johnson, sometimes credited as A.J. Johnson, (born January 2, 1963) is an...  more
  • Faune A. Chambers15

    Faune A. Chambers

    Actor, Dancer


    BirthplaceUSA, Florida

    Faune Alecia Chambers is an American actress and dancer....  more
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon16

    Bernice Johnson Reagon

    Music Historian, Composer



    Bernice Johnson Reagon (born Bernice Johnson on October 4, 1942) is a song leader, composer,...  more
  • Tayari Jones17

    Tayari Jones

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Tayari Jones (born November 30, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is the author of four novels, most...  more
  • Marcelite J. Harris18

    Marcelite J. Harris

    Marcelite J. Harris (January 16, 1943 – September 7, 2018) was an American who became the...  more
  • Audrey F. Manley19

    Audrey F. Manley

    Audrey Forbes Manley (born March 25, 1934) is an American pediatrician and public health...  more
  • Cassi Davis20

    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...  more
  • Linda Goode Bryant21

    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...  more
  • Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson22

    Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

    Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson (April 25, 1942 – October 7, 1967) worked with the Student...  more
  • Tia Fuller23

    Tia Fuller

    Musician, Bandleader


    BirthplaceAurora, Colorado

    Tia Fuller (born March 27, 1976) is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the...  more
  • Mary Barksdale24

    Mary Barksdale

    Mary Zoner Hurston Barksdale Lawes (November 24, 1920 - October 9, 1992 ) was a prominent...  more
  • Tanya Walton Pratt25

    Tanya Walton Pratt



    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Tanya Marie Walton Pratt (born December 14, 1959) is an American jurist who serves as United...  more