Famous Tuskegee University Alumni

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

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

These graduates, like Lionel Richie and Keenen Ivory Wayans include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tuskegee University?” and “Which celebrities are Tuskegee University alumni?”
  • George Washington Carver (1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. He actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion.While a ...more
  • Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him as one ...more
  • Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a ...more
  • Lonnie George Johnson (born October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents. He is the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, which has been among the world's ...more
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and a member of the Wayans family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and the creator of ...more
  • Broderick Dornell Smiley (born August 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality, known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising ...more
  • Thomas Joyner (born November 23, 1949) is an American radio host, host of the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and also founder of Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and ...more
  • Theodore Shaw Wilson (November 24, 1912 – July 31, 1986) was an American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson's sophisticated and elegant style was ...more
  • Frank Bernard Walker (born August 6, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft after playing college football at ...more
  • Alexander N. Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has served in Congress as the Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district since 2005. The 9th ...more
  • Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders; May 28, 1934 – June 23, 1997), also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of Malcolm X. Shabazz grew up in ...more
  • Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also ...more
  • Clarence Ray Nagin Jr., also known as C. Ray Nagin (born June 11, 1956), is an American former politician and convicted felon who was the 60th Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 2002 to 2010. A ...more
  • John A. Lankford was an American architect. He was the first professionally licensed African American architect in Virginia in 1922 and in the District of Columbia in 1924. He has been regarded as ...more
  • Drayton Florence, Jr. (born December 19, 1980) is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the ...more
  • Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star ...more
  • Percy Ellis Sutton (November 24, 1920 – December 26, 2009) was a prominent black American political and business leader. An activist in the Civil Rights Movement and lawyer, he was also a Freedom ...more
  • Dimitri Jonthiel Patterson (born June 18, 1983) is a former American football cornerback. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at ...more
  • Gertrude DeWitt Nelson was an African-American military, civilian, and American Red Cross nurse from Louisiana whose career spanned much of the 20th century. She was born at the end of the 19th ...more
  • Arthur Wergs Mitchell (December 22, 1883 – May 9, 1968) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. For his entire congressional career from 1935 to 1943, he was the only African American in Congress. ...more
  • Leon Lamar Wagner (May 13, 1934 – January 3, 2004) was an American professional baseball left fielder who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants (1958–1959, 1969), St. Louis ...more
  • Joseph Jacob Simmons Jr. (January 17, 1901 – March 24, 1981) was a prominent African-American oilman. He "rose above humble beginnings to become the most successful and most recognizable black ...more
  • Richard Timothy Jones (born January 16, 1972) is an American actor. Jones is best known for his portrayals of Laveinio in the dramatic film The Wood (1999) and Mike of the dramatic films Why Did I ...more
  • Albert L. Murray (May 12, 1916 – August 18, 2013) was an American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.