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Famous Wilberforce University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 9.8k views35 items

List RulesPeople 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 (; March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American leader in social movements...  more
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    James Andrew Rushing (August 26, 1901 – June 8, 1972) was an American blues and jazz singer,...  more
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    George Russell

    Jazz Pianist, Musician
    George Allen Russell (June 23, 1923 – July 27, 2009) was an American jazz pianist, composer,...  more
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    William Grant Still

    Conductor, Musician
    William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer of more than...  more
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    William Julius Wilson

    Sociologist, Professor
    William Julius Wilson (born December 20, 1935) is an American sociologist. He taught at the...  more
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    Tiny Bradshaw

    Bandleader, Singer
    Myron Carlton "Tiny" Bradshaw (September 23, 1907 – November 26, 1958) was an American jazz...  more
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    Floyd H. Flake

    Politician, Investor
    Floyd Harold Flake (born January 30, 1945) is the senior pastor of the 23,000 member Greater...  more
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    Ossian Sweet

    Physician
    Ossian Sweet ( OSH-ən; October 30, 1895 – March 20, 1960) was an African-American physician in...  more
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    Richard H. Cain

    Politician
    Richard Harvey Cain (April 12, 1825 – January 18, 1887) was a minister, abolitionist, and...  more
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    Theophilus Gould Steward

    Chaplain, Author
    Theophilus Gould Steward (April 17, 1843 – January 11, 1924) was an American author, educator,...  more
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    John A. Lankford was an American architect. He was the first professionally licensed African...  more
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    Leontyne Price

    Actor, Singer
    Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano. Born and raised in...  more

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    Regina M. Anderson

    Writer, Playwright
    Regina M. Anderson (May 21, 1901 – February 5, 1993) was an African-American playwright and...  more
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    Dr. Helen Elsie Austin

    Politician, U.S. Diplomat
    Helen Elsie Austin (May 10, 1908– Oct 26, 2004) was an American attorney, member of the Bahá'í...  more
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    Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor...  more

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    Hallie Quinn Brown

    Educator, Writer
    Hallie Quinn Brown (March 10, 1849 – September 16, 1949) was an African-American educator,...  more
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    Edgar Hayes

    Jazz Pianist
    Edgar Junius Hayes (May 23, 1902 – June 28, 1979) was an American jazz pianist and...  more
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    John Robert Fox (May 18, 1915 – December 26, 1944) was a United States Army first lieutenant...  more
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    Lillian Hayman

    Actor, Singer
    Lillian Irene Hayman (July 17, 1922 – October 25, 1994) was an American actress and singer....  more
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    Reverdy Cassius Ransom

    Reverdy Cassius Ransom (January 4, 1861 – April 22, 1959) was a United States African American...  more
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    Charity Adams Earley (1918–2002) was the first African-American woman to be an officer in the...  more
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    Leonidas Berry

    Physician, Writer
    Leonidas Harris Berry (20 July 1902 – 4 December 1995) was an American and pioneer in...  more
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    Lonnie Lynn

    Basketball player, Songwriter
    Lonnie Lynn, nicknamed "Pops" (May 24, 1943 – September 12, 2014) was an American basketball...  more
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    Victoria Gray Adams

    Victoria Jackson Gray Adams (November 5, 1926 – August 12, 2006) was an American civil rights...  more