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Famous Tuskegee University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    George Washington Carver

    Chemist, Inventor

    BirthplaceDiamond, Missouri


    George Washington Carver (1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and...  more

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  • 2

    Lionel Richie

    Record producer, Musician


    BirthplaceTuskegee, Alabama, United States of America


    Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and...  more

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  • 3

    Claude McKay

    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 59 (1889-1948)

    BirthplaceClarendon Parish, Jamaica


    Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and...  more
  • 4


    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama


    Lonnie George Johnson (born October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds...  more
  • 5

    Keenen Ivory Wayans

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York


    Keenen Ivory Wayans Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and a...  more


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  • 6

    Rickey Smiley

    Comedian, Radio personality

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America


    Broderick "Rickey" Smiley (born August 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, television...  more

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  • 7

    Tom Joyner

    Television producer, Radio personality


    BirthplaceTuskegee, Alabama, United States of America


    Thomas Joyner (born November 23, 1949) is an American radio host, host of the nationally...  more
  • 8

    Teddy Wilson

    Jazz Pianist, Pianist

    AgeDec. at 74 (1912-1986)

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas


    Theodore Shaw Wilson (November 24, 1912 – July 31, 1986) was an American jazz pianist....  more
  • 9

    Frank Walker

    American football player


    BirthplaceTuskegee, Alabama


    Frank Bernard Walker (born August 6, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He was...  more
  • 10

    Al Green

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America


    Alexander N. Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has...  more
  • 11

    Betty Shabazz

    Nurse, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 63 (1934-1997)

    BirthplacePinehurst, Georgia, United States of America


    Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders; May 28, 1934 – June 23, 1997), also known as Betty X,...  more
  • 12

    Ralph Ellison

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 81 (1913-1994)

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma


    Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary...  more
  • 13

    Ray Nagin



    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America


    Clarence Ray Nagin Jr., also known as C. Ray Nagin (born June 11, 1956), is an American former...  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 72 (1874-1946)

    BirthplacePotosi, Missouri


    John A. Lankford was an American architect. He was the first professionally licensed African...  more
  • 15

    Drayton Florence

    American football player


    BirthplaceWaycross, Georgia


    Drayton Florence, Jr. (born December 19, 1980) is a former American football cornerback who...  more
  • 16
    Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was an American fighter...  more
  • 17

    Percy Sutton

    Politician, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 89 (1920-2009)

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America


    Percy Ellis Sutton (November 24, 1920 – December 26, 2009) was a prominent black American...  more
  • 18

    Dimitri Patterson

    American football player


    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America


    Dimitri Jonthiel Patterson (born June 18, 1983) is a former American football cornerback. He...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 103 (1898-2001)

    BirthplaceColfax, Louisiana


    Gertrude DeWitt Nelson was an African-American military, civilian, and American Red Cross...  more
  • 20

    Robert L. Brown

    Businessperson, Architect


    BirthplaceDublin, Georgia


  • 21

    Arthur W. Mitchell

    Politician, Farmer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1883-1968)

    BirthplaceLa Fayette, Alabama, United States of America


    Arthur Wergs Mitchell (December 22, 1883 – May 9, 1968) was a U.S. Representative from...  more
  • 22

    Leon Wagner

    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 70 (1934-2004)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America


    Leon Lamar Wagner (May 13, 1934 – January 3, 2004) was an American professional baseball left...  more
  • 23

    Jake Simmons, Jr.

    Joseph Jacob Simmons Jr. (January 17, 1901 – March 24, 1981) was a prominent African-American...  more
  • 24

    Richard T. Jones

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceKobe, Keihanshin, Japan


    Richard Timothy Jones (born January 16, 1972) is an American actor. Jones is best known for...  more
  • 25

    Albert Murray

    Biographer, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 97 (1916-2013)

    BirthplaceNokomis, Alabama


    Albert L. Murray (May 12, 1916 – August 18, 2013) was an American literary and jazz critic,...  more