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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?”

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George Washington Carver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
George Washington Carver Chemist, Inventor, Scientist George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's ...more

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Lionel Richie Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. ...more

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Claude McKay Poet, Writer Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

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Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Lonnie Johnson Inventor Lonnie George Johnson is an African American inventor and engineer who holds more than 80 patents. Johnson is most known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, which has ranked among the ...more

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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Keenen Ivory Wayans Television director, Comedian, Television producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator ...more

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Rickey Smiley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Rickey Smiley Comedian, Radio personality, Actor Rickey Smiley is an American standup comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality best known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising his voice and carrying on a ...more

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Tom Joyner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Tom Joyner Television producer, Radio personality, Actor Thomas "Tom" Joyner 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

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Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Teddy Wilson Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Musician Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson was an American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson's sophisticated and elegant style was ...more

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Frank Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Frank Walker American football player Frank Bernard Walker is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tuskegee. Walker has ...more

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Al Green Politician, Lawyer Alexander N. "Al" Green is the U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district includes most of southwestern Houston, including most of ...more

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Betty Shabazz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Betty Shabazz Nurse, Teacher Betty Shabazz, born Betty Dean Sanders and also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of Malcolm X. Shabazz grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where ...more

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Ralph Ellison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Ralph Ellison Novelist, Author, Essayist Ralph Waldo Ellison was an American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the ...more

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Ray Nagin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Ray Nagin Politician Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr., also known as C. Ray Nagin, is a former management consultant and was the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 2002 to 2010. A Democrat, Nagin became ...more

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John A. Lankford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
John A. Lankford Architect 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 ...more

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Drayton Florence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Drayton Florence American football player Drayton Florence, Jr. is a American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Daniel James, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Daniel James, Jr. Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general.

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Percy Sutton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Percy Sutton Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer Percy Ellis Sutton was a prominent black American political and business leader. A civil-rights activist and lawyer, he was also a Freedom Rider and the legal representative for Malcolm X. He ...more

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Dimitri Patterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Dimitri Patterson American football player Dimitri Jonthiel Patterson is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college ...more

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Gertrude Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Gertrude Nelson Nurse 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

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Robert L. Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Robert L. Brown Businessperson, Architect

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Arthur W. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Arthur W. Mitchell Politician, Farmer, Lawyer Arthur Wergs Mitchell was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. Mitchell was the first African American to be elected to the United States Congress as a Democrat. Mitchell was born near ...more

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Leon Wagner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Leon Wagner Baseball player Leon Lamar Wagner was an American Major League Baseball left fielder who played with the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. ...more

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Jake Simmons, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Jake Simmons, Jr. Joseph Jacob Simmons, Jr. was a prominent African-American oilman. He "rose above humble beginnings to become the most successful and most recognizable black entrepreneur in the history of ...more

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Richard T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Richard T. Jones Film Producer, Actor Richard Timothy Jones known professionally as Richard T. Jones, is an American actor.

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Albert Murray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Albert Murray Biographer, Novelist, Essayist Albert L. Murray was an American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.

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Marion Mann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Marion Mann Physician Marion Mann is an American physician and pathologist. He was a Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University from 1970 to 1979.

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Harry Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Harry Williams American football player Harry Williams, Jr. is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Calvin Russell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Calvin Russell American football player Calvin Leon Russell is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Tuskegee. Russell was ...more

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Charles Clinton Spaulding is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Charles Clinton Spaulding Businessperson Charles Clinton Spaulding was a prominent business leader who founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, which became America's largest black-owned business, with assets of over US$ ...more

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Marvalene Hughes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Marvalene Hughes Dr. Marvalene Hughes has been the president of Dillard University since 2005. From 1994 to 2005, she was the president of California State University, Stanislaus. Ms. Hughes received a PhD in ...more

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Vertner Woodson Tandy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Vertner Woodson Tandy Architect Vertner Woodson Tandy was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Before transferring to Cornell, Vertner studied architecture at Tuskegee ...more

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Iceberg Slim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Iceberg Slim Pimp, Writer Robert Beck, better known as Iceberg Slim, was an American pimp who subsequently became an influential author among a primarily African American readership. Beck's novels were adapted into ...more

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Clinton D. Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Clinton D. Powell Theatre Director, Poet, Teacher Reportedly born in Reidsville, Georgia, Clinton D. Powell grew up in Savannah, where he graduated from Alfred E. Beach High School and participated in the Upward Bound Program at Savannah State ...more

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Danielle Spencer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Danielle Spencer Veterinarian, Actor Danielle Spencer is an American actress and former child star best known for her role as Dee Thomas on the ABC sitcom What's Happening!!, which ran from 1976 to 1979. She would later reprise the ...more

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Thomas Monroe Campbell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Thomas Monroe Campbell Thomas Monroe Campbell was the first Cooperative Extension Agent in the United States and headed the first Extension Program as a field agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Well known ...more

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Elizabeth Evelyn Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Teacher Elizabeth Evelyn Wright founded Denmark Industrial Institute in Denmark, South Carolina, as a school for African-American youth. It is present-day Voorhees College, a historically black college. ...more

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Rich Boy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Rich Boy Rapper Maurice Richards, better known by his stage name Rich Boy, is a rapper from Mobile, Alabama. He is best known for the hit single "Throw Some D's". His self-titled debut album was ...more

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George Wylie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
George Wylie Henderson Novelist, Writer George Wylie Henderson was an author of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Alice Coachman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Alice Coachman Alice Marie Coachman was an American athlete. She specialized in high jump and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In 2002 she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree ...more

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William Sidney Pittman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
William Sidney Pittman Architect William Sidney Pittman was an African-American architect who designed several notable buildings, such as the Zion Baptist Church and the nearby Deanwood Chess House in the Deanwood neighborhood ...more

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William L. Dawson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
William L. Dawson Musician William Levi Dawson was an African-American composer, choir director and professor.

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Carl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Carl Bailey Carl Bailey is a retired American basketball player who played one career game in the NBA. He attended Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the ...more

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Ken Woodard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Ken Woodard American football player Ken Woodard is a former linebacker who played eight seasons in the NFL.

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Anthony Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Anthony Mitchell American football player Anthony Maurice Mitchell is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He played college ...more

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Gerald Bess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Gerald Bess Gerald D. Bess is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played in 1987 for the Buffalo Bills. He also played 6 seasons in the Canadian Football

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Robert Benham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Robert Benham Lawyer Robert Benham is the second African-American graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia. Justice Benham is a ...more

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Amelia Boynton Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Amelia Boynton Robinson Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson is an American woman who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody ...more

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Vera King Farris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Vera King Farris Vera King Farris was the third president of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey from May 25, 1983 to June 3, 2003. She was the first female African-American president of a New Jersey ...more

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Ptolemy Reid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Ptolemy Reid Politician Dr. Ptolemy Alexander Reid was a Guyanese veterinarian and politician who served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1980 to 1984. Reid studied veterinary medicine at the Tuskegee Institute in ...more

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Ben Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
Ben Stevenson Ben Stevenson was an American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.