List of Howard University people

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

This list of Howard University people, sometimes known as Bisons, 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]


Science, medicine and mathematics[edit]

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 pled 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
Marjorie Lee Browne, Ph.D. 1935 educator, one of the first African American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics in the U.S.
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]
Mamie Clark, Ph.D. 1940 Howard M.A., Columbia Ph.D., educator and psychologist; Along 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, 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
Louis Eugene King, Ph.D. c. 1920 anthropologist; first to study African-American communities in the United States
Dr Francess Cress Welsing, M.D. 1960 () psychiatrist; Author of

the Isis Papers ISBN 0883781042

Marguerite Williams, Ph.D. 1923 () Geologist, received B.A. from Howard [10]
Dudley Weldon Woodard, Ph.D. established graduate mathematics program at Howard [11]
Reginald Hawkins, M.D. dentist, First black man to run for state office in North Carolina


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Camille Akeju art historian and museum administrator [12]
Louise Daniel Hutchinson historian [13]
Carter G. Woodson historian, Founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month), author - Mis-Education of the Negro( ISBN 1440463506), [13]
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn historian [14]

University administrators[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Delbert Baker, Ph.D. president, Oakwood College
John T. Baker first African-American dean, Albany Law School
Kenneth Clark, Ph.D. educator and psychologist; Along 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, Gannon University; former dean, 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, Fisk University; former assistant dean, Howard University School of Law and Harvard Law School; executive director, 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, Howard University College of Arts and Sciences (1907–1919); established sociology department at Howard University [15]
R. Charles Moyer dean emeritus, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, fifth permanent dean, 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, Howard University School of Architecture and Design; chairman, United States Commission of Fine Arts [16]
H. Patrick Swygert president, Howard University
Dr. Thelma Barnaby Thompson 12th president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Franklin D. Chambers, II., Ph.D. historian [14]


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, The Angelrock Project; incorporater 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
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, Centennial One, Inc.; first African-American woman to earn an MBA at Harvard Business School
Dumarsais Simeus owner, Simeus Foods, International
Cathy Hughes Founder and Executive of TV One, Radio One

Politics and public service[edit]

Civil rights, law and government[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Aris T. Allen former member Maryland State Senate, first African-American to run for Lt. Governor of Maryland
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
Gayleatha Brown Ambassador to Benin
Hon. Ewart Brown (1968, School of Medicine 1972) Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport of Bermuda
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. Senior Judge currently Judge Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Roland Burris United States Senator, former State Attorney General and Comptroller, Illinois
Robert L. Carter (School of Law) civil rights advocate and judge of the United States District Court
Walter Percival Carter civil rights advocate
Mary Ann Shadd Cary first black woman to cast a vote in a national election
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
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. [17]
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 as well as 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
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 [18]
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 Hart v. State of Maryland case in 1905
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, Portsmouth, Virginia
Benjamin Hooks former executive director of the NAACP
Lonna Hooks Secretary of State of New Jersey (1994–1998) [19]
Hutchins F. Inge (School of Medicine) first African-American to serve in the New Jersey Senate [20]
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, The Bermuda Gombey: Bermuda's Unique Dance Heritage Gombey
His Excellency
Cheddi Jagan
President, Guyana
Jack B. Johnson former County Executive, Prince George's County, 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, VA.
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 to 1887) representing North Carolina.
Ronald Palmer Ambassador to Togo, Malaysia and Mauritius
Ronald Sapa Tlau Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India representing the state of Mizoram [21]
Clarence M. Pendleton, Jr. 1954 Chairman, United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981 to 1988); swimming coach at Howard (1957-1968). [22]
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 [23]
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) [24]
Eugene Puryear Anti-war activist and candidate for Vice President of the United States with the Party for Socialism and Liberation
Hon. Peggy Quince the first African American woman on Florida Supreme Court
Charlotte E. Ray the 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 and the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party
Thomas S. Smith former mayor of Asbury Park, New Jersey who served in the New Jersey General Assembly.[25]
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
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.
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 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
Bali White United States Researcher and human rights activist
George Henry White 1877 U.S. Congressman from North Carolina who served from 1897 to 1901
Ronald Sapa Tlau India Member of Upper House of Parliament representing Mizoram, India

Military service[edit]

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, and 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)
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 4-time US National Judo Champion, a 2004 Judo Olympian, only Male and African American Male with a Ph.D. to fight on a internationally televised Mixed Martial Arts Event - Strikeforce Challengers 13. Current MMA Fighter for Strikeforce
Pep Hamilton current offensive coordinator at Stanford University/ former quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears
Shaka Hislop goalkeeper for FC Dallas and Trinidad and Tobago national football team who played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup
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
Edward P. Hurt legendary football, basketball and track coach at Morgan State University
Bubba Morton Major League Baseball player, (Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Braves, California Angels), first African-American to sign with the Detroit Tigers
David Oliver 2005 professional athlete-track and field
Marques Ogden former NFL offensive lineman
Jay Walker ESPNU Football analyst, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots, 1994; Barcelona Dragons, 1995; Minnesota Vikings, 1996-97), Maryland State Delegate
Billy Jenkins former National Football League Defensive Back
Thyron Lewis professional gridiron football player
Antoine Bethea NFL safety (San Francisco 49ers)
Geoff Pope NFL cornerback (New York Giants)
Larry Spriggs former NBA player
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
Tracy White current NFL linebacker
Steve Wilson 1979 former NFL defensive back, former head football coach of the Howard University and former head coach at Texas Southern University
Tim Watson (American football) former American football safety in the National Football League [26]


Gus Johnson
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Leon Dash Pulitzer Prize winner, The Washington Post
Lesli Foster television anchor, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Hal Jackson first African-American radio sportscaster[citation needed]; co-owner of the first African-American-owned-and-operated station in New York
Michael King conservative commentator; television producer, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, Georgia
Gus Johnson sportscaster, CBS Sports
Vicki Mabrey CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts The Washington Post, News Corporation
Michelle Miller reporter, CBS News
Steve Wyche sports journalist, NFL Network [27]
Tarik "Slo Menace" El Bashir sportscaster, Comcast SportsNet Washington
Pat Lawson Muse television anchor, WRC-TV Washington, D.C.
Cynne Simpson television anchor, WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Lori Stokes news anchor, WABC-TV, New York City, New York
Kellye Lynn news anchor, WJZ-TV, Baltimore, Maryland
Tom Terrell 1972 music journalist, photographer, promoter, NPR music commentator
La La Vasquez on-air personality
Stan Verrett anchor, ESPN
Fredricka Whitfield anchor, CNN
Michelle Bernard political/legal analyst, MSNBC, The McLaughlin Group
Nancy Anita Williams journalist and editor, Essence, The Washington Post and Daily News
Colbert King Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post
Victor Blackwell television anchor, WPBF, West Palm Beach, Florida; anchor and correspondent, CNN (since 2012)[28]
Sherry Berger on-air personality, WPGC-FM, Washington, D.C. [29]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Peace, literature, or economics

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


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Noble Lee Lester author and stage director and actor
Amiri Baraka author and poet
Pearl Cleage poet, essayist, and journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates author and journalist; attended but did not graduate
Dr. William Jelani Cobb author, historian, professor & journalist [30]
Karl D. Darmstädter German literature
Paul Laurence Dunbar late-19th-century poet
Zora Neale Hurston anthropologist and author
Benilde Little author
May Miller poet and playwright of the Harlem Renaissance; [31]
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 and composer. Author of over 700 songs including the former state song of Virginia.
Donald Byrd jazz musician
Sean Combs 1992 Dropped out 1990; music producer, also known as "Puffy", "P. Money", "Puff Daddy", "P. Diddy", and "Diddy" [32]
Cora Coleman-Dunham percussionist, currently tours with Prince
Billy Eckstine singer
Lillian Evanti opera singer
Roberta Flack singer
Benny Golson jazz saxophone
Rich Harrison Grammy winning record producer and song writer
Eric Roberson singer
Donny Hathaway singer
Shirley Horn jazz singer and pianist
Bill Hughes 1952 jazz trombonist, director of the Count Basie Orchestra [33]
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 & bassist)
Jessye Norman opera singer, received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006
Sadat X rapper, member of hip hop group Brand Nubian
Darnley Scantlebury Grammy nominated music producer, musician and songwriter, a/k/a, Donnie Scantz
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[edit]

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,
Amanda Lewis 2005, 2008 Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2008; Miss District of Columbia International 2009
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 and first Miss Black America (1973)
Lisa Summerour Miss New Jersey USA(1986)
Heather Swann Miss District of Columbia USA - 2011
Jessica Neal 2009 Miss District of Columbia International - 2013

Film and television[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Debbie Allen dancer, actress, producer/director of "A Different World" from 1987 to 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 actor ("42,", "Lincoln Heights," "Persons Unknown")
Ossie Davis actor and activist [34]
Wendy Davis actress Lifetime Television "Army Wives"
Ernest Dickerson filmmaker and director (Director), "The Wire"
Lance Gross actor, ("Tyler Perry's House of Payne)
Napiera Groves actress ("As The World Turns")
Taraji P. Henson Academy award nominated actress for the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button". She now stars in the CBS hit show "Person of Interest", has also starred in "Baby Boy", "Hustle and Flow","Something New", "Smokin Aces", "Talk To Me", "Not Easily Broken", "The Karate Kid" (2010 Release).
Dianne Houston Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Ananda Lewis 1995 talk show host (BET,The Ananda Lewis Show) [35]
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 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"), also 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). Started her own 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. [36]

Other visual and performing arts[edit]

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

Toyin Koyejo Model


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Louis George Gregory Hand of the Cause in the Bahá'í Faith
Leroy Gilbert Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
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[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
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[edit]

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 for Washington, D.C., professor 1929- around 1969
John Melville Burgess served 1946-56; later became the first African American to head an Episcopal diocese as diocesan bishop of Massachusetts [37]
Dr. Clive Callender one of the foremost specialists in organ transplant medicine in the United States. Professor at Howard University College of Medicine, 1973- present.
John Mercer Langston First African American Dean, Howard Law, Congressman
Alain Locke Professor - African American writer, philosopher, educator
Ruth Ella Moore, Ph.D. first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in bacteriology. She was a faculty member of the Howard University Medical School from 1940 to 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 African American historian, archivist and activist; initiated New York Burial Ground Project
Eric Williams The First Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also instrumental in them gaining their independence. He was a noted Caribbean historian, and a Howard professor from 1939 to 1944.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of HBCUs -- White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". August 16, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  2. ^ Howard University Trustees.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Biography for Dr. Beth A. Brown". Retrieved October 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "NASA's Mars Exploration Education Project". NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (undated). "Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra – Microsoft Corporation – Biography". Microsoft. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff (December 11, 2012). "Mali PM Cheick Modibo Diarra Resigns after Army Arrest". BBC News. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps". Exhibit: Changing the Face of Medicine - Celebrating America's Women Physicians. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn, Harvey, Joy (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. New York: Routledge. p. 1382. ISBN 0-415-92040-X. 
  11. ^ Erica N. Walker (29 May 2014). Beyond Banneker: Black Mathematicians and the Paths to Excellence. SUNY Press. pp. 115–. ISBN 978-1-4384-5215-9. 
  12. ^ Bass, Holly (March–April 2006). "Camille Akeju: New Director Seeks to Rejuvenate Anacostia Museum". Crisis: 37–39. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Louise Daniel Hutchinson Interviews". Record Unit 9558. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b [dead link] "". Other EducationMakers. The History Makers. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Biography of Kelly Miller". Retrieved November 2, 2008.
  16. ^ "Robinson, III, Harry G.". Who's Who Among African Americans. New York: Gale Research, 2009. p. 1,020.
  17. ^ HUSL 140th Anniversary
  18. ^ "Howard Alumna Becomes First Woman Elected as California Attorney General". Howard University News. December 17, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ Peterson, Ivar (December 23, 1993). "Close Adviser to Whitman Is to Be Secretary of State". The New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2007.
  20. ^ "Obituaries". The Standard-Times. May 3, 2002. Retrieved December 27, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Congress nominee, Ronald Sapa Tlau, wins lone Rajya Sabha seat in Mizoram". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Kanawha delegate Poore says she'll run for Congress - Statehouse News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports". July 9, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ O'Brien, Reity (March 4, 2012). "Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., Camden's first African American mayor, dies at 62". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  25. ^ Tom Smith's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 8, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  26. ^ "Tim Watson: Former Football Great Gives Back In Tampa Bay, Leads Youth By Example". 83degrees. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Steve Wyche NFL Network". Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  28. ^ Press release (July 25, 2012). "Victor Blackwell Joins CNN as Anchor and Correspondent". CNN. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  29. ^ "WPGC People: Sherry Berger".
  30. ^ Pride, Felicia. "Manning Up: The Coates Family's Beautiful Struggle in Word and Deed". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  31. ^ Biography of May Miller. Retrieved November 2, 2008.
  32. ^ Andrews, Helena; Heil, Emily (April 15, 2014). "Sean Combs, Howard dropout, to give commencement speech". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Bill Hughes". All About Jazz. December 12, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Ossie Davis". National Visionary Leadership Project. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  35. ^ Staff (May 8, 2000). "Ananda Lewis: Veejay". People. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  36. ^ Shinhoster Lamb, Yvonne (January 23, 2005). "Arts Administrator, Playwright Vantile Whitfield Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 13, 2011. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater and design from Howard University in 1957 and a master's degree in film production from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1967. In the years between colleges, he started community theaters. 
  37. ^ "History of the Diocese". Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Retrieved 12 February 2013.