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List of Howard University people

This list of Howard University people, sometimes known as Bison, includes faculty, staff, graduates, non-graduate former students and current students of the American Howard University, a private, coeducational, nonsectarian historically black university,[1] located in Washington, D.C.[2]


  • Academics 1
    • Science, medicine and mathematics 1.1
    • Historians 1.2
    • University administrators 1.3
  • Business 2
  • Politics and public service 3
    • Civil rights, law and government 3.1
    • Military service 3.2
  • Entertainment 4
    • Athletics 4.1
    • Journalism 4.2
    • Nobel laureates 4.3
    • Literature 4.4
    • Musicians 4.5
    • Pageant queens 4.6
    • Film and television 4.7
    • Other visual and performing arts 4.8
  • Religion 5
  • Other notable alumni 6
  • Notable faculty 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9


Science, medicine and mathematics

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Patricia Bath, M.D. 1968 (Medicine) ophthalmologist; first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention
Alphonso Berry, M.D. 1988 (Medicine) Detroit area physician who pleaded guilty to $13.2 million Medicare fraud scheme [3][4]
David Blackwell, Ph.D. faculty, not alumnus first African-American elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Beth A. Brown, Ph.D. 1991 NASA astrophysicist; first African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan's Department of Astronomy [5]
Marjorie Lee Browne, Ph.D. 1935 educator, one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics in the U.S.
Mamie Clark, Ph.D. 1940 Howard M.A., Columbia Ph.D., educator and psychologist; with husband Kenneth Clark, conducted the "doll research" for the Brown vs. Board of Education case
Alexander Darnes, M.D. 1880 born into slavery; owned by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith; second African-American physician in Florida, first African-American physician in Jacksonville, Florida
Cheick Modibo Diarra astrophysicist; former director of education and public outreach, NASA's Mars Exploration Program;[6] former chairman of Microsoft Africa;[7] former acting Malian prime minister (2012)[8]
Lena Frances Edwards, M.D. physician (obstetrics and gynecology) and humanitarian; received U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
Roselyn P. Epps, M.D. 1951, 1955 (M.D.) physician (pediatrician and public health physician); received Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (1988), first African-American elected president of the American Medical Women's Association (1991) [9]
E. Franklin Frazier sociologist
Ira Andrew Harden 2002 chemistry and physics teacher; first African-American selected as educator, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program
Reginald Hawkins, M.D. dentist; first black man to run for state office in North Carolina
Louis Eugene King, Ph.D. c. 1920 anthropologist; first to study African-American communities in the United States
Charles DeWitt Watts, M.D. 1943 (Medicine) first African-American board-certified surgeon in North Carolina; founder of Lincoln Community Medical Center [10]
Frances Cress Welsing, M.D. 1960 psychiatrist; author of The Isis Papers [11]
Marguerite Williams, Ph.D. 1923 geologist, received B.A. from Howard [12]
Dudley Weldon Woodard, Ph.D. established graduate mathematics program at Howard [13]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Camille Akeju art historian and museum administrator [14]
Louise Daniel Hutchinson historian [15]
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn historian [16]
Carter G. Woodson historian, founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month); author of Mis-Education of the Negro[17] [15]
Norman Chip McLeod, Ph.D. 1991 African-American historian and current professor of History at Dixie State University [18]

University administrators

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Delbert Baker, Ph.D. president, Oakwood College
John T. Baker first African-American dean, Albany Law School
Franklin D. Chambers, II., Ph.D. Higher Ed. Administrator [16]
Kenneth Clark, Ph.D. educator and psychologist; with wife Mamie Clark, conducted the "doll research" for the Brown vs. Board of Education case
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. first African-American president of Gannon University; former dean of Xavier University of Louisiana College of Arts and Sciences
Edison O. Jackson president, Medgar Evers College
Weldon Jackson provost and executive vice president, Manhattan College
Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ph.D. 1964 M.S. president, Southeastern University; daughter of Dr. Charles Drew
Dr. Heather Knight 21st president, Pacific Union College
Walter J. Leonard former president of Fisk University; former assistant dean of Howard University School of Law and Harvard Law School; executive director of Cities in Schools
Beverly D. Malloy executive vice president, Barber-Scotia College
Marion Mann 1954 former dean, Howard University College of Medicine (1970–1979)
Kelly Miller 1886 mathematician, scientist, sociologist; first African-American admitted to Johns Hopkins University; dean of Howard University College of Arts and Sciences (1907–1919); established sociology department at Howard University [19]
R. Charles Moyer dean emeritus of Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University; fifth permanent dean of University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration
Dr. Njeri Nuru-Holm vice president, Office of Diversity, Cleveland State University
Irvin Reid, Ph.D. president, Wayne State University
Harry G. Robinson III 1966, 1970 dean of Howard University School of Architecture and Design; chairman of United States Commission of Fine Arts [20]
H. Patrick Swygert president, Howard University
Dr. Thelma Barnaby Thompson 12th president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ben Ali co-founder and owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Malaak Compton-Rock founder of the Angelrock Project; incorporator of styleWORKS organization; creator and manager of Champions for Children Committee; wife of comedian Chris Rock; highlighted for her work in the lives of African-Americans on CNN's Black in America II
H. Naylor Fitzhugh one of the first African-American graduates of Harvard Business School; credited with creating the concept of target marketing
Cathy Hughes founder and executive of TV One, Radio One
Vernon Jordan attorney; senior managing director; Lazard Freres & Co. LLC; former president, National Urban League
Lillian Lincoln Lambert founder, former president and chief executive officer of Centennial One, Inc.; first African-American woman to earn an MBA at Harvard Business School
Dumarsais Simeus owner, Simeus Foods, International

Politics and public service

Civil rights, law and government

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Archie Alexander former Governor of US Virgin Islands
Aris T. Allen former member Maryland State Senate, first African-American to run for Lt. Governor of Maryland
Ras Baraka 1991 mayor of Newark, New Jersey July 1, 2014-
Boce W. Barlow, Jr. first African-American to be elected to the Connecticut State Senate
William V. Bell mayor of Durham, North Carolina
Adolphus A. Birch first African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Aisha N. Braveboy member, Maryland House of Delegates
Percival Broderick Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica
Edward Brooke 1941 first African-American elected to the United States Senate
Hon. Ewart Brown 1968, School of Medicine 1972 Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport of Bermuda
Gayleatha Brown Ambassador to Benin
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. Senior Judge, currently Judge Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Roland Burris 1963 (School of Law) United States Senator, former State Attorney General and Comptroller, Illinois
Robert L. Carter 1940 (School of Law) civil rights advocate and judge of the United States District Court
Walter Percival Carter civil rights advocate
Charles E. "Charlie" Cobb Jr. civil rights activist; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; "Freedom Schools"; founding member of National Association of Black Journalists; writer
Elijah Cummings 1973 United States Congress
David Dinkins 1950 first African-American mayor of New York City
Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Rachel Dolezal 2002 civil rights activist [21]
George W. Draper III first African-American Chief Judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, first African-American male to be appointed a judge in St. Louis
Mike Espy first African-American United States Secretary of Agriculture
Melvin Evans former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, former Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives
Nathaniel Exum member, Maryland State Senate
James L. Farmer 1941 civil rights activist, founder and first leader of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
Adrian Fenty 1996 (School of Law) former mayor of Washington, D.C. [22]
Wilkie D. Ferguson (School of Law) judge who served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, and the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Harold Ford, Sr. former United States Representative from Tennessee
Shirley Franklin first female and former Georgia
Darrin P. Gayles Judge, Miami-Dade County Court
Emma Gillett co-founder of the first law school in the world founded by women; first woman to be appointed notary public by the President of the United States
John R. Hargrove, Sr. Judge, United States District Court Maryland
Oliver Harper Minister of Health, Guyana
Kamala Harris 1986 Attorney General of California [23]
Patricia Roberts Harris 1945 United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, United States Ambassador
William Henry Harrison Hart attorney who won the 1905 Hart v. State of Maryland case
William H. Hastie former Governor of US Virgin Islands
Joseph Hatchett 1959 former Florida Supreme Court judge; first African-American in the south to win a statewide election
Earl F. Hilliard United States Congress
Dr. James W. Holley, III, D.D.S. mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia
Benjamin Hooks former executive director of the NAACP
Lonna Hooks Secretary of State of New Jersey (1994–1998) [24]
Hutchins F. Inge (School of Medicine) first African-American to serve in the New Jersey Senate [25]
Hon. Louise A. Jackson 1952 Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Health and Seniors Bermuda (2003-2012); founder of Bermuda's first school of dance, Jackson School of the Performing Arts; author of The Bermuda Gombey: Bermuda's Unique Dance Heritage
His Excellency Cheddi Jagan President, Guyana
Jack B. Johnson former County Executive, Maryland
William A. Johnson, Jr. mayor, Rochester, New York
Elaine Jones former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Hon. John Junor Minister of Health, Jamaica
Sharon Pratt Kelly 1965 first African-American female mayor of a major city, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Keith Knight Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
Peta Lindsay anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. president with the Party for Socialism and Liberation
Thurgood Marshall 1933 (School of Law) first African-American United States Supreme Court justice
Rudolph C. McCollum former mayor, Richmond, Virginia
Gabrielle Kirk McDonald (School of Law) judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands
Enolia McMillan first female national president of the NAACP
Gregory W. Meeks Representative for New York's sixth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives
Vicki Miles-LaGrange District Judge, Western district of Oklahoma; first African-American woman U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma; first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Senate
Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell Ph.D. Prime Minister of Grenada
Thomas R. Monroe first African-American judge in Arlington County, Virginia
Brandon T. Neal national director of the NAACP Youth and College Division; Finance Director, African-American Affairs for Obama for America Presidential Campaign
James E. O'Hara member, United States House of Representatives (1883-1887) representing North Carolina
Ronald Palmer Ambassador to Togo, Malaysia and Mauritius
Clarence M. Pendleton, Jr. 1954 Chairman, United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981-1988); swimming coach at Howard (1957-1968) [26]
Carrie Saxon Perry (School of Law) first African-American female Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut (1987-1993)
Meshea Poore Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates [27]
Adam Clayton Powell, IV member of the New York State Assembly; son of former U.S. Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Randy Primas 1971 first African-American Mayor of Camden, New Jersey (1981-1990) [28]
Eugene Puryear anti-war activist; candidate for Vice President of the United States with the Party for Socialism and Liberation
Hon. Peggy Quince first African-American woman on Florida Supreme Court
Charlotte E. Ray first African-American woman lawyer
Kasim Reed 1991 Mayor of Atlanta
Gerard Robinson former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia
Spottswood Robinson 1939 (School of Law) judge, United States Court of Appeals; also faculty
Todd Rutherford South Carolina State Representative
Roy Schneider 1961 Governor United States Virgin Islands
His Excellency Sir Arleigh Winston Scott first native Governor-General of Barbados
Malik Zulu Shabazz attorney; National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party
Mary Ann Shadd Cary first black woman to cast a vote in a national election
Thomas S. Smith former mayor of Asbury Park, New Jersey who served in the New Jersey General Assembly[29]
James R. Spencer Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Craig S. Strong Michigan Third Circuit Court judge
Emmet G. Sullivan Judge of United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Ronald Sapa Tlau Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India representing the state of Mizoram [30]
Kwame Ture 1964 activist, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), born Stokely Carmichael
Dale Wainwright first African-American ever elected to the Texas Supreme Court
Walter Washington 1948 (School of Law) B.A. and J.D.; first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
Bali White researcher and human rights activist
George Henry White 1877 U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, 1897-1901
L. Douglas Wilder 1959 (School of Law) first elected African-American United States governor, current Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
Harris Wofford United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1991-95)
Albert Wynn first Montgomery County in Maryland
Andrew Young first Georgia

Military service

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. few classes, did not matriculate Brigadier General, first African-American general in the U.S. Army
Lester Lyles 1968 General, U.S. Air Force; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Togo West 1965 also JD 1968; former Secretary of Veterans Affairs; former Secretary of the Army



Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ronald Bartell NFL cornerback (St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions)
Antoine Bethea NFL safety (San Francisco 49ers)
Milan Brown head men's basketball coach at College of the Holy Cross
Marques Douglas NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco Forty-Niners)
Omar Evans Canadian Football League defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders)
Dennis Felton head men's basketball coach at the University of Georgia
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson 1997 four-time US National Judo Champion; 2004 Judo Olympian; only African-American male with a Ph.D. to fight on a internationally televised mixed martial arts event; Strikeforce Challengers 13; MMA fighter for Strikeforce
Pep Hamilton current offensive coordinator at Stanford University; former quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears
Gary Harrell current head coach of Howard Bison football team; former NFL/WLAF wide receiver (New York Giants and Frankfurt Galaxy); former assistant coach at Texas Southern University
Nigel Henry professional soccer player
Shaka Hislop goalkeeper for FC Dallas and Trinidad and Tobago national football team who played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Edward P. Hurt football, basketball and track coach at Morgan State University
Billy Jenkins former National Football League defensive back
Thyron Lewis professional gridiron football player
Bubba Morton Major League Baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Braves, California Angels); first African-American to sign with the Detroit Tigers
Marques Ogden former NFL offensive lineman
David Oliver 2005 professional track and field athlete
Geoff Pope NFL cornerback (New York Giants)
Larry Spriggs former NBA player
John Spencer 1988 former professional basketball player (training camp with the Charlotte Hornets in 1988 and 15 years as a European/Asian Pro. Former Announcer at ESPN and now founder of 540 Sport and Entertainment
Milt Thompson former Major League Baseball player, hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies
Andrae Townsel professional football player; former member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Washington Redskins
Jay Walker ESPNU football analyst; NFL quarterback (New England Patriots, 1994; Barcelona Dragons, 1995; Minnesota Vikings, 1996-97), Maryland State Delegate
Tim Watson former American football safety in the National Football League [31]
Tracy White current NFL linebacker
Steve Wilson 1979 former NFL defensive back; former head football coach of the Howard University; former head coach at Texas Southern University


Gus Johnson
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Rachelle Akuffo award-winning business correspondent and producer, China Central Television
Sherry Berger on-air personality, WPGC-FM, Washington, D.C. [32]
Michelle Bernard political/legal analyst, MSNBC, The McLaughlin Group
Victor Blackwell television anchor, WPBF, West Palm Beach, Florida; anchor and correspondent, CNN (since 2012) [33]
Leon Dash Pulitzer Prize winner, The Washington Post
Tarik "Slo Menace" El Bashir sportscaster, Comcast SportsNet Washington
Lesli Foster television anchor, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Hal Jackson first African-American radio sportscaster; co-owner of the first African-American-owned-and-operated station in New York
Gus Johnson sportscaster, CBS Sports
Greg Sashi Kearse 1974 Writer, journalist, WABC-TV,Mutual Black Radio Network, Masonic Digest
Colbert King Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post
Michael King conservative commentator; television producer, Georgia
Kellye Lynn news anchor, WJZ-TV, Baltimore, Maryland
Vicki Mabrey CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent
Michelle Miller reporter, CBS News
Pat Lawson Muse television anchor, WRC-TV Washington, D.C.
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts The Washington Post, News Corporation
Cynne Simpson television anchor, WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Lori Stokes news anchor, WABC-TV, New York City, New York
Tom Terrell 1972 music journalist, photographer, promoter, NPR music commentator
La La Vasquez on-air personality; wife of basketball player Carmello Anthony
Stan Verrett anchor, ESPN
Fredricka Whitfield anchor, CNN
Nancy Anita Williams journalist and editor, Essence, The Washington Post and Daily News
Steve Wyche sports journalist, NFL Network [34]

Nobel laureates

Peace, literature, or economics

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ralph Bunche 1950 Nobel Peace Prize
Toni Morrison 1953 born Chloe Anthony Wofford, Nobel Prize for Literature; Pulitzer Prize Winner


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Noble Lee Lester author, stage director, and actor
Amiri Baraka author and poet
Pearl Cleage poet, essayist, and journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates attended but did not graduate author and journalist
Dr. William Jelani Cobb author, historian, professor and journalist [35]
Karl D. Darmstädter German literature
Paul Laurence Dunbar late-19th-century poet
Zora Neale Hurston anthropologist and author
Benilde Little author and journalist
May Miller poet and playwright of the Harlem Renaissance [36]
Solomon Mutswairo novelist and poet
Gloria Oden BA 1944, JD 1948 Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, professor
Omar Tyree award-winning novelist
Valerie Wilson Wesley author


Sean Combs
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Geri Allen jazz pianist
Ysaye M. Barnwell member of a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, actress, author
James A. Bland musician; composer; author of over 700 songs including the former state song of Virginia
Donald Byrd jazz musician
Cora Coleman-Dunham percussionist, currently tours with Prince
Sean Combs 1992 (dropped out in 1990) music producer, also known as "Puffy", "P. Money", "Puff Daddy", "P. Diddy", and "Diddy" [37]
Frenchie Davis 2014 Broadway performer, soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer
Billy Eckstine singer
Lillian Evanti opera singer
Roberta Flack singer
Benny Golson jazz saxophone
Rich Harrison Grammy-winning record producer and song writer
Donny Hathaway singer
Shirley Horn jazz singer and pianist
Bill Hughes 1952 jazz trombonist, director of the Count Basie Orchestra [38]
Marcus Johnson jazz pianist
Kenny Lattimore singer; ex-husband of singer Chante Moore
Linda Lou McCall songwriter and entertainment marketing consultant; widow of Louis A. McCall; drummer and founder of Con Funk Shun
Meshell Ndegeocello recording artist; singer and bassist
Jessye Norman opera singer, received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006
Eric Roberson singer
Sadat X rapper, member of hip hop group Brand Nubian
Donnie Scantz, born Darnley Scantlebury Grammy-nominated music producer, musician and songwriter
Shai band; "If I Ever Fall in Love"
Richard Smallwood Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, pianist, and arranger
Crystal Waters singer, "100% Pure Love," "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)"
Angela Winbush singer

Pageant queens

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Candace Allen Miss District of Columbia USA 2006
Crystal L. Bailey 2006 Miss Black Virginia America 2009
Christie Davis Miss Maryland USA 2000
Napiera Groves Miss District of Columbia USA 1997
Shauntay Hinton Miss USA 2002
Danielle Jones Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2004, 4th Runner-up at Miss Universe 2004
Sarah-Elizabeth Langford (School of Law) Miss District of Columbia 2002
Tatiana Levone' 2005 Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2005
Amanda Lewis 2005, 2008 Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2008; Miss District of Columbia International 2009
Jessica Neal 2009 Miss District of Columbia International 2013
Alena Neves Miss District of Columbia USA - 1993
Shilah Phillips first African-American to hold the Miss Texas title, first runner-up Miss America 2007
Chelsey Rodgers Miss District of Columbia USA 2008; Miss District of Columbia International 2010
Shayna Y. Rudd 2007 Miss District of Columbia America 2008
Von Gretchen Shepard first Miss Black California; first Miss Black America 1973
Lisa Summerour Miss New Jersey USA (1986)
Heather Swann Miss District of Columbia USA 2011

Film and television

Ossie Davis, 1951
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Debbie Allen dancer, actress, producer/director of A Different World, 1987-1993
Laz Alonso actor (Stomp the Yard, Jarhead, Jumping The Broom, This Christmas, Avatar)
Anthony Anderson actor (Two Can Play that Game, Barbershop, Kangaroo Jack, The Shield, Law & Order)
Chadwick Boseman 2000 actor (42, Lincoln Heights, Persons Unknown)
Ossie Davis actor and activist [39]
Wendy Davis actress, Lifetime Television, Army Wives
Ernest Dickerson filmmaker and director, The Wire
Lance Gross actor (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)
Napiera Groves actress (As The World Turns)
Taraji P. Henson 1995 Academy Award-nominated actress for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; star of CBS show Person of Interest, has also starred in Baby Boy, Hustle and Flow, Smokin' Aces,The Karate Kid (2010)
Dianne Houston Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Ananda Lewis 1995 talk show host (BET,The Ananda Lewis Show) [40]
Julia Pace Mitchell actress (Notorious, The Young & The Restless)
Paula Jai Parker actress (Friday, Hustle and Flow, Idlewild)
Carl Anthony Payne II actor (The Cosby Show, Martin)
Freddie Perren 1966 Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer (Saturday Night Fever)
Shauneille Perry 1950 stage director, playwright and educator
Phylicia Rashad 1970 actress (The Cosby Show, Raisin In The Sun, The Old Settler, The Wiz), first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Raisin In The Sun)
Wendy Raquel Robinson actress (The Steve Harvey Show, The Game, Two Can Play That Game, Something New)
Roxie Roker 1952 actress (The Jeffersons); Lenny Kravitz's mother
Malik Hassan Sayeed filmmaker
Al Shearer former BET personality and actor
Tracie Thoms actress (Rent - The Movie, The Devil Wears Prada, Grindhouse)
Stacie Scott Turner The Real Housewives of D.C. entrepreneur; real estate and marketing professional (Procter & Gamble, BET); founded charity Extra-Ordinary Life
Isaiah Washington actor (Get On The Bus, Love Jones, Grey's Anatomy)
Marlon Wayans actor (Little Man, White Chicks)
Richard Wesley 1967 playwright and screenwriter
Karen Malina White actress (The Cosby Show, A Different World, Malcolm & Eddie, Lean On Me)
Lynn Whitfield Emmy award-winning actress (The Josephine Baker Story, Stompin' At The Savoy, Thin Line Between Love & Hate, Head of State, Eve's Bayou)
Vantile Whitfield 1957 director, playwright, production designer and influential arts administrator [41]

Other visual and performing arts

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Elizabeth Catlett sculptor and printmaker
Lois Mailou Jones artist and educator
Alma Thomas painter
Mildred Thompson painter, printmaker and sculptor


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Leroy Gilbert Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
Louis George Gregory Hand of the Cause in the Bahá'í Faith
Beryl Higgs second woman to be ordained by the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas
Vashti Murphy McKenzie first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Jeremiah Wright 1968 former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ

Other notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Rachel Dolezal President of NAACP of Spokane, Washington
Vanessa Holloway scholar of African American legal history. She is best known for her published works on civil rights and the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Doris Evans McGinty first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in musicology from Oxford University
Roger Arliner Young 1923 first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology, from University of Pennsylvania

Notable faculty

Name Department Notability Reference
E. R. Braithwaite Guyanese novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat; author of To Sir, With Love; artist-in-residence at Howard beginning in 2002
Sterling Brown writer, teacher, literary critic, poet laureate of Washington, D.C.; professor 1929- around 1969
John Melville Burgess Chaplain served 1946-56; later the first African-American to head an Episcopal diocese as diocesan bishop of Massachusetts [42]
Dr. Clive Callender a foremost specialist in organ transplant medicine in the US; professor at Howard University College of Medicine, 1973-present
Cecile Hoover Edwards Dean of School of Human Ecology (1974-1987); Dean of School of Continuing Education Nutritional researcher and government consultant [43]
John Mercer Langston Law first African-American Dean of Howard Law; Congressman
Alain Locke professor, writer, philosopher
Ruth Ella Moore, Ph.D. first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in bacteriology; faculty member of the Howard University Medical School 1940-1973
Merze Tate first African-American graduate of Western Michigan College; first African-American female to attend Oxford; first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in government and international relations from Harvard University; one of the first women members of the Department of History at Howard University; expert in diplomatic history; professor 1942-77
Emory Tolbert History African-American historian, archivist and activist; initiated New York Burial Ground Project
Eric Williams first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; instrumental in them gaining their independence; Caribbean historian; Howard professor 1939-1944

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