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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
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 in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's reputation is ...more

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 "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
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
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
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
Businessperson, Architect

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Arthur W. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Tuskegee University Alumni
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
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
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
Biographer, Novelist, Essayist Albert L. Murray was an American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.