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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist
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Bernice King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Spelman College Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.