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

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

Examples include Bayard Rustin and Leontyne Price.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wilberforce University?” and “Which celebrities are Wilberforce University alumni?”

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Bayard Rustin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where his family was involved in civil ...more

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Jimmy Rushing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Singer James Andrew Rushing, known as Jimmy Rushing, was an American blues shouter, balladeer, and swing jazz singer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, best known as the featured vocalist of ...more

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George Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader George Allen Russell was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and theorist. He is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music theory with a theory of ...more

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William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Conductor, Musician, Oboist William Grant Still was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first ...more

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William Julius Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Sociologist, Professor, Writer William Julius Wilson is an American sociologist. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1972 to 1996 before moving to Harvard University. Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University ...more

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Tiny Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Bandleader, Singer Myron Carlton Bradshaw, known as Tiny Bradshaw, was an American jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, singer, composer, pianist, and drummer. His biggest hit was "Well Oh Well" in ...more

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Floyd H. Flake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Politician, Investor, Pastor Floyd Harold Flake is the senior pastor of the 23,000 member Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and former president of Wilberforce University. He ...more

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Ossian Sweet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Physician Ossian Sweet was an American physician in Detroit, Michigan noted for his armed self-defense in 1925 of his newly purchased home in a white neighborhood against a mob trying to force him out. ...more

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Richard H. Cain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Richard H. Cain Politician Richard Harvey Cain was a minister, abolitionist, and United States Representative from South Carolina from 1873–1875 and 1877-1879. After the Civil War, he was appointed by Bishop Daniel Payne ...more

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Theophilus Gould Steward is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Chaplain, Author, Writer Theophilus Gould Steward was an American author, educator, clergyman. He was a U.S. Army chaplain and Buffalo Soldier of 25th U.S. Colored Infantry.

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John A. Lankford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wilberforce 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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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Actor, Singer Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to ...more

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Regina M. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Writer, Playwright Regina M. Anderson was a multi-racial playwright and librarian. She was of Native American, Jewish, East Indian, Swedish, and other European ancestry; one of her eight grandparents was of ...more

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Dr. Helen Elsie Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Politician, U.S. Diplomat, Lawyer Helen Elsie Austin was an American attorney, US Foreign Service Officer, and member of the Bahá'í National Spiritual Assemblies in the United States and North West Africa. She was ...more

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Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Benjamin Francis Webster, a.k.a. "The Brute" or "Frog", was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, is considered one of the ...more

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Hallie Quinn Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Educator, Writer Hallie Quinn Brown was an African-American educator, writer and activist.

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Edgar Hayes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Jazz Pianist Edgar Hayes was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. Hayes attended Wilberforce University, where he graduated with a degree in music in the early 1920s. In 1922 he toured with Fess ...more

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John R. Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called for artillery fire on his own position, after his position was overrun, in order to defeat a German ...more

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Lillian Hayman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Actor, Singer Lillian Irene Hayman was a Tony Award-winning American actress and singer.

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Reverdy Cassius Ransom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Reverdy Cassius Ransom Reverdy Cassius Ransom was a United States African American Christian socialist, civil rights activist, and he was ordained and served in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as a Methodist

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Frank Foster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Frank Benjamin Foster III was an American tenor and soprano saxophonist, flautist, arranger, and composer. Foster collaborated frequently with Count Basie and worked as a bandleader from the ...more

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Charity Adams Earley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman to be an officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and was the commanding officer of the first battalion of African American ...more

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Leonidas Berry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Physician, Writer, Teacher Leonidas Harris Berry was an American and pioneer in gastroscopy and endoscopy. He served as the president of the National Medical Association from 1965 to 1966.

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Lonnie Lynn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Lonnie Lynn Basketball player, Songwriter, Composer Lonnie Lynn, nicknamed "Pops" was an American basketball player.

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Victoria Gray Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Victoria Gray Adams Victoria Jackson Gray Adams was an American civil rights activist from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was one of the founding members of the influential Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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James H. McGee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
James H. "Jim" McGee was an American politician of the Ohio Democratic party. McGee was born in West Virginia and attended Wilberforce University. After serving in the United States ...more

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Freddie Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Freddie Jenkins Freddie "Posey" Jenkins was an American jazz trumpeter.

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Raymond V. Haysbert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Raymond V. Haysbert Raymond V. Haysbert Sr. was a prominent African-American business executive and civil rights leader during the second half of the 20th century in Baltimore, Maryland. During World War II, he ...more

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Charlotte Maxeke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Charlotte Maxeke A religious leader, social worker and political activist, was born 7 April 1874, Ramokgopa, Polokwane District, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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Betty Allen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Betty Allen Betty Allen was a renowned American operatic mezzo-soprano who had an active international singing career during the 1950s through the 1970s. In the latter part of her career her voice acquired ...more

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Lyman Parks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Lyman Parks Rev. Lyman S. Parks was the mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1971 to 1976. He was the first African-American to serve in the position. He was also the first African-American elected to the ...more

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Zack Whyte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Zack Whyte Zack Whyte was an American jazz bandleader, best known for leading the territory band the Chocolate Beau Brummels. Whyte studied at Wilberforce University, where he played banjo with Horace ...more

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Bill Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Bill Powell William J. Powell was an American businessman, entrepreneur, and pioneering golf course owner who designed the Clearview Golf Club, the first integrated golf course, as well as the first to ...more

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Milton Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
Milton Wright Milton S. J. Wright was an African-American academic born in Georgia. He received his B.A. from Wilberforce University in 1926, his M.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Economics from ...more

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Gilbert H Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Wilberforce University Alumni
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