This list of notable Howard University Alumni, sometimes known as Bison, includes faculty, staff, graduates, honorary 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]


Science, medicine and mathematics

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Whittier C. Atkinson 1925 (Medicine) physician; first African American doctor in Chester County, Pennsylvania; founder of Clement Atkinson Memorial Hospital (1936); Howard University Alumnus of the Year (1953) [3]
Patricia Bath 1968 (Medicine) ophthalmologist; first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention
Louis Arnett Stuart Bellinger 1914 prominent Pittsburgh architect of the early 20th-century
David Blackwell faculty, not alumnus first African-American elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Dereje Agonafer 1984 elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering for "contributions to computer-aided electro/thermo/mechanical design and modeling of electronic equipment"
Andre Francis Palmer 1993 first African-American college of engineering Assoc. Dean for research at Ohio State University [4]
Beth A. Brown 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 1935 educator, one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics in the U.S.
Mamie Clark 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
Craig E. Cameron 1937 Howard M.A., Case Western Reserve University Ph.D., educator and microbiologist; demonstration of mechanism of action of ribavirin case
Ethelene Crockett 1942 Michigan’s first African-American female board certified OB/GYN [6]
Alexander Darnes 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;[7] former chairman of Microsoft Africa;[8] former acting Malian prime minister (2012)[9]
Lena Frances Edwards physician (obstetrics and gynecology) and humanitarian; received U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
Anna Epps microbiologist; possibly the first African-American woman with a PhD to lead a medical school [10]
Roselyn P. Epps 1951, 1955 (MD) physician (pediatrician and public health physician); received Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (1988), first African-American elected president of the American Medical Women's Association (1991) [11]
Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee physician (obstetrician) and educator; joined faculty of the Medical School in 1927; founding president of the Women's Institute; director of Medical School's health services, 1949 until 1968 [12]
E. Franklin Frazier 1916 sociologist [13]
Julia R. Hall 1892 (MD) physician and first woman resident of the school's gynaecology clinic [14]
Ernest Everett Just faculty was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. [15]
Louis Eugene King c. 1920 anthropologist; first to study African-American communities in the United States
Marie B. Lucas 1914 The only woman in her Howard University College of Medicine class, one of the earliest and most successful female physicians in Washington, D.C. [16]
Harry Penn c. 1931 dentist; first African-American school board member south of Mason-Dixon Line [17]
Charles Prudhomme 1935 (MD) noted psychoanalyst and physician, first African-American to gain elected office (vice-president) in the American Psychiatric Association
Melba Roy Mouton 1950 Assistant Chief of Research Programs at NASA's Trajectory and Geodynamics Division in the 1960s and headed a group of NASA mathematicians called "computers"
Charles DeWitt Watts 1943 (Medicine) first African-American board-certified surgeon in North Carolina; founder of Lincoln Community Medical Center [18]
Frances Cress Welsing 1960 psychiatrist; author of The Isis Papers[19]
Marguerite Williams 1923 geologist, received B.A. from Howard [20]
Dudley Weldon Woodard established graduate mathematics program at Howard [21]
Dr. N. Louise Young first African American woman to work as a licensed physician in Maryland


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Camille Akeju art historian and museum administrator [22]
Louise Daniel Hutchinson historian [23]
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn historian [24]
Carter G. Woodson historian, founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month); author of Mis-Education of the Negro[25] [26]

University administrators

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Delbert Baker president, Oakwood College

Kenneth Clark educator and psychologist; with wife Mamie Clark, conducted the "doll research" for the Brown vs. Board of Education case
Wayne A. I. Frederick 17th president of Howard University [28]
James Monroe Gregory 1872 Professor of Latin at Howard, Dean of the Howard Collegiate Department
Edison O. Jackson president, Medgar Evers College
Inabel Burns Lindsay 1920 founding dean of the Howard University School of Social Work
Charlene Drew Jarvis 1964 M.S. president, Southeastern University; daughter of Dr. Charles Drew
Franklyn Jenifer 14th president of Howard University; third president of University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Heather Knight 21st president, Pacific Union College
Howard Hale Long 1915 Dean, Knoxville College and later Wilberforce University, Superintendent of DC Public Schools (1925-1948) [29]
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 [30]

Inman E. Page president of four schools: the Lincoln Institute, Langston University, Western University, and Roger Williams University
Harry G. Robinson III 1966, 1970 dean of Howard University School of Architecture and Design; chairman of United States Commission of Fine Arts [31]
H. Patrick Swygert 1965 president, Howard University [32]
Thomas Wyatt Turner 1901 professor of botany, acting dean at Howard School of Education; professor Hampton Institute; founding member of NAACP
Cynthia Warrick 1975 7th president of Stillman College
Johnson O. Akinleye 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ben Ali co-founder and owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark restaurant in Washington, D.C.
David Bullock American tech entrepreneur and media executive [33]
David Castain 2013 American entrepreneur and philanthropist. Left a life of crime to found a marketing agency and study towards a doctorate. [34]
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
Bonita C. Stewart Vice president of Google [35][36]

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
Aisha N. Braveboy member, Maryland House of Delegates
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
Roland Burris 1963 (School of Law) United States Senator, former State Attorney General and Comptroller, Illinois
Agnès Callamard 1988 Secretary General of Amnesty International, former Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions for the United Nations Human Rights Council
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
Martell Covington Pennsylvania State Representative [37]
Elijah Cummings 1973 United States Congress
James Dean 1883 (bachelor of law); 1884 (master of law) first African-American judge in Florida [38]
David Dinkins 1950 First African-American Mayor of New York City (1990–1993) [39]
Joyce Dinkins 1953 First Lady of New York City (1990–1993) [40]
Rachel Dolezal 2002 civil rights activist [41]
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. [42]
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 mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
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
Virginia Harper Civil rights activist, local NAACP president
Kamala Harris 1986 49th Vice President of the United States; first woman, first African-American, and first Asian-American elected Vice President; second African-American woman elected to the United States Senate [43][44][45]
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) [46]
Hutchins F. Inge (School of Medicine) first African-American to serve in the New Jersey Senate [47]
Cheddi Jagan Fourth President, "Father of Guyana"
Letitia James first African-American woman elected Attorney General of New York
Jack B. Johnson former County Executive, Prince George's County, Maryland
Elaine Jones former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Howard Jenkins Jr. 1946–1956 former faculty, labor lawyer and civil servant [48]
Hon. John Junor Minister of Health, Jamaica
Sharon Pratt Kelly 1965 first African-American female mayor of a major city, Washington, D.C.
Terry Kennedy Influential City of St. Louis politician, former activist and journalist
John S. Leary 1873 North Carolina lawyer and politician
Peta Lindsay anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. president with the Party for Socialism and Liberation
Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen 2015 (School of Law) lawyer and member of the Ethiopian Imperial Family
Thurgood Marshall 1933 (School of Law) first African-American United States Supreme Court justice
William E. Matthews 1873 (School of Law) lawyer, financier, and civil rights activist
Gabrielle Kirk McDonald 1966 (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
Donna Miller Cook County commissioner [49]
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
Imani Oakley 2012 2022 candidate for Congress in New Jersey's 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, former legislative director for New Jersey branch of the Working Families Party and political organizer. [50]
James E. O'Hara member, United States House of Representatives (1883–1887) representing North Carolina
Robert Pelham Jr. 1904 Journalist, activist, and federal employee
Clarence M. Pendleton Jr. 1954 Chairman, United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981–1988); swimming coach at Howard (1957–1968) [51]
Marcia "Cia" Price 2005 Member of the Virginia House of Delegates [52]
Meshea Poore Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates [53]
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) [54]
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
Oliver Randolph (School of Law) New Jersey lawyer, politician, and civil rights advocate [55]
Charlotte E. Ray first African-American woman lawyer
Kasim Reed 1991 Mayor of Atlanta
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
Sir Arleigh Winston Scott first native Governor-General of Barbados
Josiah T. Settle 1872 member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Memphis lawyer
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[56]
John H. Smythe United States ambassador to Liberia
James R. Spencer Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Hobart Taylor Jr. 1941 Served in the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; director of the Export–Import Bank of the United States
Ronald Sapa Tlau Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India representing the state of Mizoram [57]
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
James A. Washington Jr. 1936; 1939 (School of Law) Judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Dean of Howard Law School 1969–1971 [58]
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, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, 2005-2009 [59]
Harris Wofford United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1991–95)
Carolyn Wright 1978 (School of Law) American lawyer, jurist and the Chief Justice of the Fifth Court of Appeals of Texas
Albert Wynn first African-American elected to the United States Congress from Prince George's County and Montgomery County in Maryland
Andrew Young first African-American United Nations Ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Military service

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Brigadier general, first African-American general in the U.S. Army
Frederic E. Davison 1938 first African-American major general and division commander in the U.S. Army
Lester Lyles 1968 General, U.S. Air Force; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; commander, Air Force Materiel 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)
Norvel Lee 1952 Olympic gold medal winner International Olympic Committee
Antoine Bethea former NFL safety
Milan Brown head men's basketball coach at College of the Holy Cross
Marques Douglas former NFL defensive end
Omar Evans former Canadian Football League defensive end
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
James Terry American-Israeli basketball player
Milt Thompson former Major League Baseball player, hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies
Elijah Thurmon 2000 former professional football player with NFLE Berlin Thunder and CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders, and Montreal Alouettes [60]
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 [61]
Tracy White former 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
Gus Johnson
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Michelle Bernard political/legal analyst, MSNBC, The McLaughlin Group
Victor Blackwell television anchor, WPBF, West Palm Beach, Florida; anchor and correspondent, CNN (since 2012) [62]
Leon Dash Pulitzer Prize winner, The Washington Post
Hal Jackson first African-American radio sportscaster;[citation needed] co-owner of the first African-American-owned-and-operated station in New York
Gus Johnson sportscaster, CBS Sports
Colbert King Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post
Michael King conservative commentator; television producer, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, Georgia
Jamilah Lemieux writer and editor, Ebony magazine
Vicki Mabrey CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent
Michelle Miller reporter, CBS News
Ayesha Rascoe 2007 reporter, NPR [63][64]
Lori Stokes news anchor, WABC-TV, New York City
Karintha Styles sports journalist, The Hilltop first female sports editor, FanSided writer, Week N Sports host, author, NBA
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 1987 anchor, CNN [65]
Nikole Hannah-Jones MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Pulitzer Prize winner, creator of the 1619 Project [66]
Brian Jackson 2006 Morning News Anchor at WTXL-TV

Nobel laureates

Peace, literature, or economics

Toni Morrison
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 [67]


Zora Neale Hurston
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Amiri Baraka author and poet
Pearl Cleage poet, essayist, and journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates author and journalist
Dr. William Jelani Cobb author, historian, professor and journalist [68]
Paul Laurence Dunbar late-19th-century poet
G. David Houston
Zora Neale Hurston anthropologist and author

May Miller poet and playwright of the Harlem Renaissance [69]
Wayétu Moore author, publisher, activist [70]
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


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Geri Allen 1979 jazz pianist [71]
James A. Bland musician; composer; author of over 700 songs including the former state song of Virginia
Amanda Brown recording artist; singer; songwriter, contestant on season 3 of The Voice (U.S. TV series)
Donald Byrd jazz musician
Sean Combs 2014 music producer and entrepreneur, also known as "Puffy", "P. Money", "Puff Daddy", "P. Diddy", and "Diddy"; received an honorary doctorate from Howard in 2014 at the spring commencement ceremony where he served as the keynote speaker [72]
Frenchie Davis 2014 Broadway performer, soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer
Billy Eckstine singer
Lillian Evanti opera singer
Tawatha Agee Lead singer of the group Mtume - Songs: "Juicy Fruit", "C.O.D.(I'll Deliver)", "You, Me & He"
Roberta Flack singer
Benny Golson jazz saxophone player
Rich Harrison Grammy-winning record producer and songwriter
Donny Hathaway singer
Shirley Horn jazz singer and pianist
Bill Hughes 1952 jazz trombonist, director of the Count Basie Orchestra [73]
Marcus Johnson jazz pianist
Laraaji ambient musician
Kenny Lattimore singer; ex-husband of singer Chante Moore
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
Shai band; "If I Ever Fall in Love"
Richard Smallwood 1971 Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, pianist, and composer
Crystal Waters House and dance music singer, "100% Pure Love," "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)"
Leighla Whipper songwriter; music publisher
Angela Winbush 1977 singer [74]

Pageant queens

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Candace Allen Miss District of Columbia USA 2006
Shauntay Hinton Miss USA 2002
Sarah-Elizabeth Langford (School of Law) Miss District of Columbia 2002
Shilah Phillips first African-American to hold the Miss Texas title, first runner-up Miss America 2007
Sabrina Dhowre Elba 2014 pageant winner Miss Vancouver, Canada. Somalian model, actress, podcast host and UN activist.

Wife of actor Idris Elba

Film and television

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 1993 actor (Two Can Play that Game, Barbershop, Kangaroo Jack, The Shield, Law & Order)
Chadwick Boseman 2000 actor (Black Panther, 42, Lincoln Heights, Persons Unknown)
Ossie Davis actor and activist [75]
Wendy Davis actress, Lifetime Television, Army Wives
Ernest Dickerson filmmaker and director, The Wire
Lance Gross actor (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)
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)
Nick Cannon 2020 actor, comedian, rapper, director, writer, producer, and television host
Dianne Houston Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Sekhar Kammula Film director, producer, screenwriter
Ananda Lewis 1995 talk show host (BET,The Ananda Lewis Show) [76]
Rita McGhee 1989 Emmy Award-nominated costume designer (Empire, The New Edition Story, Zombies, American Soul) [77][78]
Rosalind Miles actress (Shaft's Big Score!, Friday Foster)
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 [79]
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 [80]
Cedric Sanders actor
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)
Susan Kelechi Watson actress (Louie, This is Us)
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)
Bradford Young Cinematographer (Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, Selma, A Most Violent Year, untitled Star Wars: Han Solo film)
Vantile Whitfield 1957 director, playwright, production designer and influential arts administrator [81]

Other visual and performing arts

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Elizabeth Catlett sculptor and printmaker
Patrick Ellis 1977 radio personality [82]
Lois Mailou Jones artist and educator |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" Stephanie Pogue artist and educator |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" Sylvia Snowden abstract painter |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" Lou Stovall 1965 artist
Alma Thomas painter
Mildred Thompson painter, printmaker and sculptor
Tanekeya Word artist


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Leroy Gilbert Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
Louis George Gregory Hand of the Cause in the Baháʼí Faith
Vashti Murphy McKenzie first woman to become a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Anthony J. Motley religious and community leader from Southeast Washington, D.C.
Jeremiah Wright 1968 former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ
Cain Hope Felder 1966 author of The Original African Heritage Study Bible: King James Version: with special annotations relative to the African/Edenic perspective

Other notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Mary Louise Brown 1898 first African-American woman to receive a wartime medical commission
Mollie Huston Lee librarian; first African American librarian in Raleigh, North Carolina; founder of the first library in Raleigh to serve African Americans [83][84]
Edna Burke Jackson 1931 Namesake of Jackson-Reed High School, she was the first Black woman to teach at what was then Woodrow Wilson High School. It was renamed in her honor in 2022. [85]
Rollin Williams 1943 first African American professor at the University of Connecticut [86]
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 [87]
Morris "Moe" Davis Assistant Professor, School of law (2011-2015) Air Force colonel, lawyer, and administrative law judge, notably resigned position as Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions, 2005-2007 over concerns about information obtained through waterboarding
Cecile Hoover Edwards Dean of School of Human Ecology (1974–1987); Dean of School of Continuing Education nutritional researcher and government consultant [88]
Danielle Hairston College of Medicine psychiatrist; director of residency training in the Department of Psychiatry [89]
Michael Hendricks Clinical psychopharmacology psychologist, suicidologist, and an advocate for the LGBT community
John Mercer Langston Law first African-American Dean of Howard Law; Congressman
Alain Locke professor, writer, philosopher
Ruth Ella Moore 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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