List of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers

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The list of Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ) brothers (commonly referred to as Kappas or Nupes) includes initiated members.[1] The list below includes members recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Kappa Alpha Psi is the only National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) affiliated fraternity to not grant honorary membership.

As of its centennial in 2011, the fraternity was composed of 150,000 college-trained men, with undergraduate chapters located on more than 360 college and university campuses and alumni chapters in more than 340 cities in the United States and five foreign countries.[2] The fraternity's Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin,[1] though membership has traditionally been dominated by those of African heritage.

Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana. The campus of Indiana University at that time did not encourage the assimilation of Blacks. Kappa Alpha Psi is the second oldest existing collegiate historically Black Greek letter organization and the first intercollegiate fraternity incorporated as a national body.[1]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Ray Belton Shreveport (LA) Alumni Chancellor for Southern University System [citation needed]
Cleo W. Blackburn Nu American educator. Founder and CEO for The Fundamental Board of Education; [citation needed]
Horace Mann Bond Epsilon President of Fort Valley State University; first African American president and alum of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania [citation needed]
J. Max Bond, Sr. Iota President of University of Liberia; Brother of Horace Mann Bond; [citation needed]
Herman George Canady Theta Noted social psychologist; [citation needed]
Warrick L. Carter Alpha Theta President of Columbia College; [citation needed]
Rufus Early Clement Theta Longtime President of Atlanta University; [citation needed]
Elbert Frank Cox Alpha First African American to earn a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, a field concerned with mathematical theory rather than with practice or application [3]
Kenneth Clark Xi Ph.D, African-American psychologist, with his wife Dr. Mamie Clark, conducted important research among children and were active in the Civil Rights Movement. They founded the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem and the organization Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU). He was also the first black president of the American Psychological Association. [citation needed]
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert Kappa Delta Professor and Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair at the University of Florida; recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring [4]
Lorenzo Greene Omicron Tenth Grand Historian of Kappa Alpha Psi; longtime History professor at Lincoln (MO) University; Historian; [citation needed]
Charles V. Hamilton Alpha Rho Political Scientist, Author, Professor; [citation needed]
Vivian Wilson Henderson Alpha Kappa Educator and human rights activist, and the eighth president of Clark College now Clark-Atlanta University. [citation needed]
Marc Lamont Hill Abington-Ambler (PA) Alumni Professor at Temple University; author; activist; TV political commentator and host of Our World with Black Enterprise [5]
Martin Jarmond Mu Nu Boston College Athletic Director [citation needed]
Hasan Kwame Jeffries Pi Ohio State University history professor and author; [citation needed]
Wyatt F. Jeltz Langston (OK) Alumni American educator, philanthropist and ethnographer from Oklahoma City, OK [citation needed]
Martin David Jenkins Xi Longtime President of Morgan State University; [citation needed]
Joseph B. Johnson Gamma Psi Ph.D; former president of Grambling State University (1977 - 1991); former president of Talladega College (1991 - 1998). [6]
Edward A. Jones Pi Longtime Morehouse College professor; Author of the A Candle in the Dark: History of Morehouse College; [citation needed]
Laurence C. Jones Gamma Founder and long-time president of Piney Woods Country Life School in Rankin County, Mississippi. A noted educational innovator who spent his adult life supporting the educational advancement of rural African-American students in the segregated South. [citation needed]
Leroy Keith Pi Eighth president of Morehouse College from 1987-1994; [citation needed]
C. Eric Lincoln Beta Mu Noted African-American scholar and author; Author of The Black Church Since Frazier and Race, Religion and the Continuing American Dilemma [citation needed]
Pellom McDaniels III Iota Iota Curator of African American Collections, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; former World League of American Football (1991-1992) and NFL (1993-2000) defensive lineman [citation needed]
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad Delta Eta Ph.D., History; Professor; Director of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2011 - 7/2016),[7] New York Public Library, New York City, NY; Author [8][page needed]
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Alpha Gamma President of Virginia Union University; president of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he made close acquaintance with then student body president Jesse Jackson; 47th Laurel Wreath laureate; [citation needed]
Robert Reed (artist) Alpha Iota Artist and Collegiate professor at Yale University School of Art; [citation needed]
Benjamin S. Ruffin Jr. Winston-Salem (NC) Alumni African American civil rights activist, educator, and businessman in Durham, North Carolina; Past Chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors [citation needed]
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Omicron Historian and scholar of African-American culture [9]
James E. Shepard Durham (NC) Alumni Ph.D; founder and first President of North Carolina College at Durham, which is currently known as North Carolina Central University [citation needed]
Francis Cecil Sumner Epsilon First African American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, known as the "father of Black psychology" [citation needed]
Dwaun Warmack Nu Eta President of Claflin University, former president of Harris-Stowe State University [citation needed]
Hanes Walton Jr. Pi Political Scientist, Author, Professor; [citation needed]
Joseph White (psychologist) Gamma Alpha Ph.D, African-American psychologist, known as the "godfather of Black Psychology"; Professor Emeritus at the University of California-Irvine [citation needed]
Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr. Alpha Upsilon Second president of Norfolk State University [citation needed]
John Silvanus Wilson Pi Ph.D, Eleventh president of Morehouse College, former executive director, White House Initiative on HBCUs [10]
Dudley Weldon Woodard Delta American mathematician and professor, and the second African-American to earn a PhD in Mathematics; [citation needed]
Arturo Schomburg

Arts & Entertainment[edit]

Film, television and theatre[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Keith Carlos Nu Former American football wide receiver and fashion model, who became the first male winner of America's Next Top Model. [citation needed]
Joe Clair Alpha Iota Television host, best known for hosting BET's Rap City [5]
Aaron Douglas Eta American painter, illustrator and visual arts educator. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. [5]
Sam Gilliam Alpha Omicron Noted color field painter and lyrical abstractionist artist. [citation needed]
Lance Gross San Fernando-Santa Clarita (CA) Alumni Actor [citation needed]
John Marshall Jones Theta Actor [citation needed]
Max Julien Xi Actor; best known for his role as Goldie in the 1973 blaxploitation film, The Mack [citation needed]
Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles Beta Nu
(Charter Member: Mu Zeta)
Comedian and actor [5]
Stan Lathan Delta Theta Film director, television producer and television director' producer of shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam [11]
Alvin D. Loving Beta African-American abstract expressionist painter. [citation needed]
Whitman Mayo Upsilon Actor, best known as the character Grady Wilson on the sitcom Sanford and Son [5]
Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles Beta Upsilon
(Charter Member: Nu Alpha)
Actor and comedian, best known as "Nephew Tommy" of The Steve Harvey Morning Show [citation needed]
Finesse Mitchell Iota Chi Comedian, actor, writer, MC [citation needed]
Y'lan Noel Omicron Actor [citation needed]
Robert Powell III Eta Pi Stand-Up Comedian [citation needed]
Robert Reed (artist) Alpha Iota Artist and tenured art professor at Yale University School of Art [5]
Kevin A. Ross Los Angeles (CA) Alumni Host and producer of daytime syndicated legal show America's Court with Judge Ross [citation needed]
John Singleton Beta Omega Director, best known for Boyz n the Hood and Rosewood (film) [5]
Aaron D. Spears Mu Phi Television actor [5]
Ernest Lee Thomas Alpha Zeta Actor, best known as Roger "Raj" Thomas of What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!! [5]
Palmer Williams Jr. Beta Phi Stage and television actor; best known for his role as Floyd Jackson on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor [12]
Lee Thompson Young Beta Omega Actor, best known for the Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson

Journalism and Commentary[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Robert Sengstacke Abbott Chicago (IL) Alumni Known as the African-American William Randolph Hearst, Abbott was the owner and publisher of the preeminent African-American newspaper of the 20th century, The Chicago Defender. Abbot is the 2nd awardee of the fraternity's Laurel Wreath award. [citation needed]
Robert W. Bogle Norristown (PA) Alumni President/CEO of Philadelphia Tribune [citation needed]
Charles M. Blow Gamma Psi American journalist; current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times; former graphics director and art director for National Geographic magazine. [13]
Chris Broussard Iota Nu Sports columnist and sports reporter for Fox Sports 1 [14]
Bryan Burwell Alpha Phi Sportswriter and sports television personality [citation needed]
Kevin Corke Beta Theta Fox News White House Correspondent [15]
Brian Custer Columbus (OH) Alumni American sports broadcaster who serves as the host for Showtime Championship Boxing. [citation needed]
Harold Dow Alpha Eta American news correspondent, journalist and investigative reporter for CBS News [citation needed]
Carlton Benjamin Goodlett Xi Physician, newspaper publisher, political power broker, and civil rights leader in San Francisco, California. [citation needed]
Calvin Hughes Delta Omega Miami, FL newscaster. [citation needed]
Bruce Johnson (journalist) Alpha Omicron American journalist; American TV news anchorman and reporter for WUSA 9 (CBS) TV in Washington, D.C. Politics and Urban Affairs, Investigative, and hard-hitting feature stories are his expertise. [citation needed]
Augustus "Gus" Johnson Jr. Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Fox Sports commentator [16]
Colbert I. King Xi Pulitzer Prize winning columnist [citation needed]
Louis Lautier Washington (DC) Alumni First African-American journalist admitted to the White House Correspondents' Association. [citation needed]
Demarco Morgan Delta Delta CBS News anchor; former News reporter and anchor for Atlanta's NBC affiliate, WXIA [17]
William Raspberry Nu Syndicated Public Affairs columnist [citation needed]
Kevin Samuels Zeta Omega YouTube personality and commentator [citation needed]
Tavis Smiley Alpha Talk show host; political commentator; author [18][19]
Vincent Tubbs Pi Leading African American journalist, who became the first black person to head a motion picture industry union. [citation needed]
Jim Vance Gamma Omega News anchor for the NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. [20][21]
Solomon Wilcots Beta Theta NFL commentator and analyst for NFL Network and CBS; former NFL defensive back [citation needed]
Ralph Wiley Beta Phi Sports writer and author [citation needed]
Bill Wilkerson Gamma Upsilon Late St. Louis sportscaster and morning radio host mainly with KMOX; Play-by-play voice for NFL St. Louis Cardinals and University of Missouri Tigers football in the 1970s and 1980s; [citation needed]
Roger Wilkins Sigma Journalist, professor, and civil rights leader; [22]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Gerald Alston Alpha Kappa R&B singer, lead singer with The Manhattans [citation needed]
Alvin Batiste Alpha Sigma Jazz clarinetist [23]
Marion Brown Gamma Kappa American jazz alto saxophonist, composer, writer, visual artist, and ethnomusicologist. He is best known as a member of the 1960s avant-garde jazz scene in New York City, playing alongside musicians such as John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. [5]
Lawrence Brownlee Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Opera singer [24]
Elwood Buchanan Beta Jazz trumpeter; music educator; early mentor to jazz legend Miles Davis [5]
Kenny Burrell Alpha Beta Jazz guitarist, Jazz Educator [citation needed]
Donald Byrd Alpha Beta Jazz and R&B trumpeter [5]
Byron Cage Kappa Upsilon Gospel musician [3]
Danny! Gamma Nu Recording artist for Questlove's Okayplayer Records; music producer/ and composer for MTV's Hype Music production library [3]
DeP (musician) Beta Beta R&B Recording Artist, Actor and Model [25]
Cleveland Eaton Alpha Theta Jazz bassist with Count Basie Orchestra and the Ramsey Lewis Trio [5]
Ernie Freeman Beta Omega Jazz musician, musical arranger [citation needed]
DJ Jubilee Gamma Psi Noted DJ and rapper [citation needed]
Jester Hairston Chi American composer, songwriter, arranger, and choral conductor; actor on sitcom Amen [5]
Graham W. Jackson, Sr. Pi Organist, Composer, Music Educator, Pianist, and choral conductor [5]
Edward Jordan Alpha Sigma Jazz saxophonist [23]
Montell Jordan Beta Omega R&B musician [5]
Booker T. Jones Alpha American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. [5]
Lecrae Eta Gamma Christian hip hop artist, record producer, and actor; president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records [26]
Jabari "Naledge" Evans Delta Eta Published author, Hip-Hop artist & Asst. Professor of Journalism & Communications [citation needed]
Smokie Norful Gamma Sigma Gospel musician [3]
Vinx De'Jon Parrette Beta Psi Percussionist, singer and songwriter; [citation needed]
Marvin Sapp Grand Rapids (MI) Alumni Gospel musician [3]
William Grant Still Delta Classical composer, first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra [22]
Billy Taylor Alpha Phi Jazz musician [27]
Kris Thomas Eta Gamma R&B and soul singer; competed in Season 4 of The Voice [22]
Lecrae (left)


Name Original chapter Notability References
James A. Dallas Miami (FL) Alumni Businessman, nightclub owner, and civic leader, Fort Lauderdale; [28]
John Edward Jacob Xi Vice President of Anheuser-Busch; former CEO of the National Urban League 60th Laurel Wreath Laureate; [3]
Robert L. Johnson Beta American businessman, media magnate, executive, philanthropist and investor; founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET); former majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats; first African-American billionaire; first African-American majority club owner of a major American sports league [5]
Reginald Lewis Alpha Phi CEO of TLC Beatrice International, the first black-owned company to have more than $1 billion in annual sales [5]
Kedar Massenburg Delta Mu President and CEO of Motown Records [3]
John Moutoussamy Alpha Rho American architect, best known for designing the headquarters building of the Johnson Publishing Company in downtown Chicago, Illinois. He was the first African-American architect to design a high-rise building in Chicago. [3]
William Gaston Pearson Durham (NC) Alumni One of the organizers of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Fraternal Bank and Trust Company, Southern Fidelity and Surety Company as well as Banker's Fire Insurance Company; [3]
Guy Primus Lambda Delta COO of Overbrook Entertainment; named one of Urban Influence Magazine's "Men of Influence 2009" [29]
Roy Roberts (chief executive) Grand Rapids (MI) Alumni Former executive with General Motors; [3]
Max Siegel Indianapolis (IN) Alumni CEO of USA Track & Field; [3]
Donald Andrew Spencer Sr. Cincinnati (OH) Alumni Noted Cincinnati businessman. Songwriter of many Kappa Alpha Psi songs; [3]
John W. Thompson Alpha Xi CEO of Virtual Instruments; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Microsoft Corporation; former vice-president at IBM; former CEO of Symantec Corporation [30]
A. Maceo Walker Alpha Delta Universal Life Insurance Company and Tri-State Bank. 34th Laurel Wreath Laureate [citation needed]
Carl Ware Gamma Kappa American businessman, philanthropist; Longtime Executive of Coca-Cola; 57th Laurel Wreath Laureate [5]
Lloyd Garrison Wheeler Beta American businessman, philanthropist; attorney [5]

Government and Politics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Archie Alexander Gamma Governor of US Virgin Islands; 6th Grand Polemarch; 4th Laurel Wreath laureate; [27]
Lionel Artis Nu Indianapolis civil servant and administrator; past Editor of the Kappa Alpha Psi Journal; 8th Laurel Wreath laureate [27]
Richard H. Austin Detroit (MI) Alumni Michigan Secretary of State [citation needed]
Mandela Barnes Gamma Phi First African-American Lt. Governor for state of Wisconsin [citation needed]
Nelson B. Bascome Alpha Iota Minister of Health and Member of Parliament, Bermuda [31]
Otto Beatty, Jr. Xi Former member of the Ohio House of Representatives representing 21st District from 1980 through 1999. [citation needed]
William A. Bell Birmingham (AL) Alumni Former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama [citation needed]
Stephen K. Benjamin Zeta Epsilon Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina [5]
Sanford Bishop Pi Representative from Georgia [32]
Tom Bradley Upsilon Mayor of Los Angeles, California; 18th Grand Polemarch; 22nd Laurel Wreath laureate; [5]
Andrew Brimmer Gamma Eta First African American to have served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System [5]
Alvin Brown Delta Psi First African-American Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida [citation needed]
George L. Brown Mu First Black Lieutenant Governor of Colorado; with his Kappa brother, California's Mervyn Dymally, he was one of the first two Black lieutenant-governors since Reconstruction and outside of any southern state [5]
William D. Burns Iota Former member of the Chicago City Council representing 4th ward. Burns (D) represented the 26th District in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2008 through 2011. [citation needed]
John A. Burroughs, Jr. Gamma Former US Ambassador to Uganda (1988-1991) and to Malawi (1981-1984); Played offensive linesman for the University of Iowa (1958-1959) [citation needed]
Albert Bryan Mu Xi Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands [5]
Matthew G. Carter Alpha Gamma American pastor and politician who served as the mayor of Montclair, New Jersey from 1968 to 1972 [citation needed]
Troy Carter (politician) Beta Iota Representative from Louisiana; [32]
Dwaine Caraway Beta Upsilon Former city councilman Dallas, Texas [5]
William Lacy Clay, Jr. St Louis (MO) Alumni Representative from Missouri [32]
Michael B. Coleman Columbus (OH) Alumni Mayor of Columbus, Ohio [32]
Ian Conyers Kappa Chi Michigan Senator from District 4 [32]
John Conyers Alpha Beta Representative from Michigan; chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; 52nd Laural Wreath laureate; [32]
George W. Crockett Pi Representative from Michigan; civil rights activist; 38th Laurel Wreath laureate; [5]
Sam Cunningham Wilberforce (OH) Alumni First African-American mayor of Waukegan, Illinois [33]
Gloster B. Current Tau Former deputy executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Director of Branches and Field Administration of the NAACP during the Civil Rights Movement; [27]
Ronald Daniels (politician) Beta Pi Professor and former third-party candidate for the U.S. presidency. [citation needed]
Mike Davis Zeta Delta California State Assembly member [3]
Rufus Davis Theta Eta Mayor of Camilla, Georgia [3]
Andre Dickens Lambda Delta Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia; technology executive [27]
Richard C. Dixon Dayton (OH) Alumni Former mayor of Dayton, OH [citation needed]
Mervyn M. Dymally Upsilon First black Lieutenant Governor of California; Representative from California [5]
Walter E. Fauntroy Alpha Gamma Representative from Washington, D.C.; civil rights leader [5]
Adrian Fenty Alpha Omega Former mayor of Washington, D.C. [34]
Aaron D. Ford Las Vegas (NV) Alumni State Senate Majority Leader Nevada [35]
Johnny Ford Beta Phi Former Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama [32]
Jason Frierson Theta Sigma Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly [32]
Wilson Frost Alpha Delta Longtime Chicago, Illinois alderman [32]
Truman Gibson Iota Lawyer, Government advisor, and later influential boxing promoter who played a unique and unheralded role in the Civil Rights Movement, primarily as a member of the "Black Cabinet" of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S Truman. [32]
William F. Gibson Beta Rho Dentist, Civil Rights activist, and former chairman of the NAACP [32]
Wilson Goode Philadelphia (PA) Alumni First African-American Mayor of Philadelphia [36]
Curtis Graves Beta Upsilon Former Texas state House of Representative [5]
Saul Green Sigma Former deputy mayor of Detroit, MI [citation needed]
Anton Gunn Zeta Epsilon First African American from District 79; South Carolina House of Representatives member [citation needed]
Elihu Harris Gamma Alpha Mayor of Oakland, California [22]
Alcee Hastings Alpha Delta Representative from Florida; Federal Judge; 59th Laurel Wreath laureate; [32]
Reginald Hawkins Alpha Epsilon First African-American to run for Governor of North Carolina. Dentist. Civil rights activist who played a central role in integrating Charlotte schools, hospitals, and public spaces. [37]
John Hayden Jr. Beta Nu Police Commissioner of the St. Louis [32]
Dennis Courtland Hayes Alpha Former interim president and general counsel of NAACP [citation needed]
Wade Henderson Washington (DC) Alumni Former president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights [32]
Dennis Hightower Xi Former Army Officer, retired business executive, college educator, and public servant who was the United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2010. [5]
Alvin Holmes Beta Zeta Former Alabama state House of Representative [5]
Tupac A. Hunter Kappa Zeta Former member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 5th district which encompasses northwest Detroit, Dearborn Heights and Inkster. He served as the Minority Floor Leader. [citation needed]
Alphonso R. Jackson Epsilon Eta 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [32]
Lester G. Jackson Epsilon Psi Georgia state senator [5]
Benjamin Jealous Washington (DC) Alumni President and CEO of the NAACP [citation needed]
Hakeem Jeffries Mu Kappa Representative from New York [32]
Eric Johnson (Texas politician) Theta Iota Mayor of Dallas, Texas; former state representative Texas [citation needed]
Richard Lee Jones Alpha Former United States Ambassador to Liberia 1955-1959; U.S. Army General; [27]
Vernon Jones Alpha Kappa CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia; Senator from Georgia 2008 candidate [22]
Stephen Kinsey Gamma Omega Pennsylvania House of Representatives member [citation needed]
Joe Lang Kershaw Miami (FL) Alumni Florida politician and educator [27]
Jamie Mayo Rayville (LA) Alumni Former mayor of Monroe, Louisiana [citation needed]
Arthur B. McCaw Eta Civil servant and Civil Rights activist active in Nebraska. [citation needed]
Donald McEachin Beta Kappa, Charter Member Kappa Chi U.S. House of Representatives member from Virginia [32]
Nathaniel J. McFadden Baltimore (MD) Alumni President Pro Tempore, Senate of Maryland [citation needed]
Eddie Melton Alpha Upsilon Indiana state senator from Gary, IN [citation needed]
Billy G. Mills Upsilon Former Los Angeles Superior Court judge and Los Angeles City Council member, serving from 1963 to 1974. One of the first three African-Americans elected to the council.
Clarence Mitchell III Alpha Iota Former member of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates [citation needed]
Joseph Neal Gamma Mu South Carolina House of Representatives member from District 70; [citation needed]
Darryl Owens Delta Zeta Former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing 43rd District from 2005 through 2019. [citation needed]
Ronald D. Palmer Xi Former US Ambassador to Togo (1976–78), Malaysia (1981–83), and Mauritius (1986–89). [citation needed]
Cecil A. Partee Alpha Theta First African-American to serve both as President of the Illinois State Senate and Cook County's State Attorney; Three-term treasurer for city of Chicago, IL. [citation needed]
Obie Patterson Gainesville (FL) Alumni Maryland House of Delegates; former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland [citation needed]
James Perkins, Jr. Gamma Phi First African-American Mayor of Selma, Alabama [38]
Edward J. Perkins Alexandria-Fairfax (VA) Alumni US Ambassador to Liberia, South Africa, the United Nations, and Australia [39]
Joshua Peters Jefferson City (MO) Alumni Member of the Missouri House of Representatives. [citation needed]
Kenneth Polite Theta Iota American lawyer who served as a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 2013 to 2017 [citation needed]
Kwame Raoul Theta Zeta State Attorney General for Illinois; former Illinois state representative [5]
Brensil Rolle Bahamas Alumni Member of Parliament, the Bahamas [40]
Kasim Reed Atlanta (GA) Alumni Mayor of Atlanta [41]
Julian Russell Epsilon Alpha Senator, the Bahamas [42]
Charles E. Samuels, Jr. Kappa Kappa 8th Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; its first African-American director [43]
Henry Sanders (politician) Gamma Gamma Former Alabama state senator [citation needed]
Carl B. Stokes Alpha Omega Mayor of Cleveland, first black mayor of a major US city [5]
Louis Stokes Alpha Omega First African-American Congressman from Ohio; civil rights lawyer; 51st Laurel Wreath Laureate [39]
John F. Street Philadelphia (PA) Alumni Mayor of Philadelphia [34]
Kurt Summers Beta Nu Former city treasurer of Chicago, Illinois [citation needed]
Danny Tabor Mayor of Inglewood, California [44]
Shawn Z. Tarrant Epsilon Zeta Maryland House of Delegates [citation needed]
Arthur Teele Alpha Xi Florida attorney; former US Assistant Secretary of Transportation; ran for mayor of Miami-Dade County in 1996 [citation needed]
Bennie Thompson Gamma Rho Representative from Mississippi; Chairman of House Homeland Security Committee; 71st Laurel Wreath Laureate [5]
Decatur "Bucky" Trotter Alpha Phi Past member of the Maryland State Senate and past chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. [citation needed]
Luska Twyman Alpha Upsilon Kentucky's first African American mayor in 1968 when Twyman became mayor of Glasgow, Kentucky. An appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights [citation needed]
Clyde Vanel Xi Beta Assembly member for the 33rd District of the New York State Assembly; [citation needed]
Mitchell Edward Ward Iota Tau First African-American mayor and councilmember in Manhattan Beach, California [citation needed]
Craig Watkins Zeta Beta First African-American district attorney in Texas, Dallas County; lawyer [citation needed]
Wellington Webb Denver (CO) Alumni Mayor of Denver Former mayor of Denver, CO; 54th Laurel Wreath laureate of Kappa Alpha Psi [5]
Michael Weeks Bermuda Alumni Member of Parliament, Bermuda [45]
Jesse White Beta Zeta Secretary of State of Illinois [46]
Michael White Zeta Mayor of Cleveland [citation needed]
J. Ernest Wilkins, Sr. Beta Attorney; Undersecretary of Labor for International Labor Affairs; 13th Grand Polemarch; 5th Laurel Wreath laureate; [citation needed]
Albert Wynn Beta Epsilon Former member of the U.S. House of Representative from Maryland [32]
Sanford Bishop
William Clay
John Conyers
Rufus Davis
Adrian Fenty
Alcee Hastings
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Marvin S. Arrington Sr. Gamma Kappa Fulton (GA) County Judge, former Fulton (GA) County Commissioner [5]
A. A. Birch, Jr. Epsilon First African American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court <rfw-famouskappas/>
A. Scott Bolden Pi Noted Attorney and television political commentator. [5]
Robert Brokenburr Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Indianapolis based attorney, civil rights leaders and Indiana state senator. [5]
James Clayborne, Jr. Alpha Theta A member of the Illinois Senate representing the 57th District from his appointment in 1995 until 2019 [5]
Johnnie Cochran Upsilon Defense attorney, best known for his role in the legal defense during the O. J. Simpson murder case [5]
Charles Swinger Conley Beta Zeta Montgomery (AL) County attorney, civil rights leader and Alabama's first Black judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Macon County, AL. [5]
William Cousins Beta Retired Illinois State Appellate Judge; Former Chicago Alderman, [5]
George Crockett III Pi Judge, Recorder's Court (Detroit); served on the same bench as his father, Judge George Crockett, Jr. [47]
Earl B. Dickerson Beta Prominent African-American attorney, community activist and business executive who successfully argued before the US Supreme Court in Hansberry v. Lee; 5th Grand Polemarch; 14th Laurel Wreath laureate; [citation needed]
Robert Morton Duncan Zeta First African-American to serve as a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court [citation needed]
Andrew L. Carter, Jr. Iota Delta District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; appointed by President Barack Obama [citation needed]
Gonzalo P. Curiel Alpha District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California; appointed by President Barack Obama [48]
Richard Erwin Alpha Epsilon First African American to be elected to a statewide office in North Carolina; President Jimmy Carter appointed Erwin in 1980 as the first black federal judge in North Carolina [citation needed]
Henry Frye Alpha Nu First African American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; 53rd Laurel Wreath Laureate [5]
William P. Greene, Jr. Tau Former judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims <rfw-famouskappas/>
George Edward Chalmer Hayes Washington (DC) Alumni Civil rights attorney; 15th Laurel Wreath laureate [3]
Wade Henderson Washington (DC) Alumni Attorney; President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights [citation needed]
Donald L. Hollowell Beta Lambda Civil rights attorney; attorney for Martin Luther King Jr.; 18th Laurel Wreath laureate; [citation needed]
Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. Delta Epsilon Past U.S. District Court Judge for Southern District of California [citation needed]
Nathaniel R. Jones Beta Pi Former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As general counsel of the NAACP, he gained recognition for his legal efforts to end school segregation in the northern United States; 65th Laurel Wreath Laureate [citation needed]
George N. Leighton Xi Retired Cook County (IL) Circuit Court Judge and Illinois Appellate Judge [5]
Conrad L. Mallett, Jr. Upsilon Attorney, Past Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, [5]
C. Vernon Mason Pi Attorney for infamous Tawana Brawley case, Howard Beach incident. [5]
Wade H. McCree Alpha Delta First African American appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; second African-American US Solicitor General [citation needed]
Loren Miller (judge) Mu American journalist, civil rights activist, attorney and judge. He was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles [3]
Theodore McMillian Alpha Mu First African American to serve on the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the first African American to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [citation needed]
William Robert Ming Iota Civil rights pioneer, attorney, law professor; best known as one of the architects of the legal strategy leading to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, working on the litigation team for that case and on a number of the important cases leading to Brown, including Shelley v. Kraemer, Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents [citation needed]
Irvin Charles Mollison Iota First African American to serve on the United States Customs Court. [3]
James D. Montgomery Beta Chicago, IL based attorney [5]
Donald Gaines Murray Alpha Iota Central figure in Murray v. Pearson (1935), which ruled that the University of Maryland School of Law's policy of racial segregation was unconstitutional [49]
Theodore R. Newman Jr. Chi First African American to serve as Chief Justice of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals [3]
T. Gillis Nutter Tau Civil Rights activist, NAACP leader, 3rd Laurel Wreath laureate [5]
James Benton Parsons Alpha Mu First African American to serve as a US Federal District Judge [citation needed]
J. Richmond Pearson Pi Former Jefferson County Judge and Alabama State Senator [citation needed]
Eugene K. Pettis Zeta Phi First African American to serve as president of the Florida Bar [50]
Kenneth Polite Theta Iota Attorney and assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Dept of Justice, [5]
Freeman Ransom Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Indianapolis based attorney and businessman. [5]
Carlton W. Reeves Delta Delta District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi; appointed by President Barack Obama [citation needed]
Donald Remy Nu Iota Attorney, retired military officer, and athletic administrator. Currently 9th United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Chief Legal Officer at the N.C.A.A.

[citation needed]
Scovel Richardson Beta Judge for the United States Court of International Trade appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower [citation needed]
John W. Rogers Sr. Iota Illinois judge attorney, and Tuskegee Airman; [5]
Gregory K. Scott Denver (CO) Alumni First African-American to serve as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court [citation needed]
Virgil C. Smith Delta Pi Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, MI. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in this court by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. He has served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives and as a Michigan state senator. [citation needed]
George H. Starke Pi Broke the color line as the first African-American law student at the University of Florida. [5]
Percy Sutton New York (NY) Alumni Attorney and civil rights activist; attorney for Malcolm X [3]
Johnnie Cochran


Name Original chapter Notability References
Lerone Bennett, Jr. Pi Best selling author; Author of Before the Mayflower; editor of Ebony [51]
Sam Greenlee Beta Omicron Author of The Spook Who Sat by the Door; Illinois poet laureate in 1969 [citation needed]
LeAlan Jones Theta Eta Author of Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago [22]
Norman Loftis Alpha Delta Author, Playwright, Scholar, and Professor [citation needed]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Willie Ashley Alpha Eta Tuskegee Airmen; U.S. Air Force and combat fighter; World War II veteran [citation needed]
Claude M. Bolton Jr. Eta Retired United States Air Force flag officer who served as United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology from 2002 to 2008. [citation needed]
Frederick C. Branch Alpha Epsilon First African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps [3]
Andrew Chambers Xi Commanding general of the VII Corps and the United States Army Central; [citation needed]
Russell C. Davis Des Moines (IA) Alumni Lt. General in the United States Air Force [citation needed]
Frederic E. Davison Xi First African American United States Army Major General and division commander, who served as commander of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War. [citation needed]
John R. Fox Delta First Lieutenant in World War II; posthumously received Medal of Honor in 1997 [citation needed]
Dennis Hightower Xi Former Army Officer; former United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce from August 11, 2009 to August 27, 2010. [citation needed]
Daniel James, Jr. Nashville (TN) Alumni First African-American four-star general; 28th Laurel Wreath laureate; [5]
Clarence C. Jamison Iota Tuskegee Airman; U.S. Air Force and combat fighter; World War II and Korean War veteran [citation needed]
James B. Knighten Beta Gamma Tuskegee Airmen; one of the first twelve African-Americans to become a pilot in the United States [citation needed]
George L. Knox II Nu Tuskegee Airmen; U.S. Air Force and combat fighter; World War II veteran [citation needed]
Clarence D. Lester Iota Tuskegee Airmen; U.S. Air Force and combat fighter; World War II veteran [citation needed]
Henry B. Perry Tuskegee (AL) Alumni Combat fighter pilot; Tuskegee Airmen; [5]
Aundre F. Piggee Gamma Sigma Lt. General in the United States Army [citation needed]
John W. Shannon Delta Zeta Former Under Secretary of the United States Army; [citation needed]
Robert W. Smith III Beta Epsilon Major General in the United States Army Reserve [52]
Clifford Stanley Alpha Lambda Major General in the United States Marine Corps [citation needed]
Dennis L. Via Alpha Phi Four-star General; 18th Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command; 72nd Laurel Wreath laureate; [53]
Sherman W. White Iota Tuskegee Airman killed in combat; [citation needed]
Daniel James, Jr.
Dennis L. Via


Name Original chapter Notability References
Ralph Abernathy Beta Zeta Civil rights leader; former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) [citation needed]
Jamal Harrison Bryant Baltimore (MD) Alumni Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland; has appeared on BET's Meet the Faith, CNN, C-SPAN, and Politically Incorrect; served as a panelist on the national town hall meetings entitled "The State of Black America" and "The State of the Black Church" [citation needed]
Calvin O. Butts Pi Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York; President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury; Chairman and founder of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, an engine for $500 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem [citation needed]
W. Sterling Cary Pi President of the National Council of Churches from 1972 to 1975 [54][55]
Leon Finney Jr. Chicago (IL) Alumni Founder and pastor of Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church in Chicago, IL. He was also known for his association with The Woodlawn Organization, a community development initiative in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. [citation needed]
Eddie L. Long Alpha Kappa Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church [citation needed]
Smokie Norful Gamma Sigma Pastor and Grammy Award winning artist; [citation needed]
Reverdy C. Ransom Delta A.M.E Bishop, Civil Rights activist; [citation needed]
Leon Sullivan Tau Late Baptist minister; civil rights leader and social activist; pastor emeritus of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 29th Laurel Wreath laureate; [citation needed]
Gardner C. Taylor Alpha Omega Late Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY; awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton [citation needed]
Frederick B. Williams Pi Canon of the Church of the Intercession in Harlem. [citation needed]
Ralph Abernathy

Science & Medicine[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Granville C. Coggs Eta Physician, radiologist, member of the Tuskegee Airmen; [citation needed]
Julian Earls Epsilon Zeta Physicist work for NASA for 40 years; 74th Laurel Wreath Laureate; [citation needed]
Nathan L. Fletcher Alpha Iota President of the National Dental Association [56]
Henry Foster Pi Surgeon General of the United States nominee [5]
Bernard A. Harris, Jr. Eta Lambda Astronaut; first African American to walk in space; 50th Laurel Wreath laureate; [5]
Samuel P. Massie Alpha Delta Chemistry professor; first African American to teach at the US Naval Academy; worked on The Manhattan Project; was president of what was then North Carolina College at Durham; 25th Laurel Wreath Laureate [citation needed]
Roderic I. Pettigrew Pi Physicist, engineer, and physician who is CEO of EnHealth and Executive Dean for EnMean at Texas A&M University; [citation needed]
Ossian Sweet Delta Main figure in a noteworthy civil rights / self-defense case in the 1920s. Detroit physician known for being charged with murder in 1925 after he and his friends used armed self-defense against a hostile white crowd protesting after Sweet moved into their neighborhood. [citation needed]
Moddie Taylor Alpha Mu Noted Chemist; [citation needed]
Welton Taylor Beta Microbiologist, Scientist, and civil rights activist; [citation needed]
J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. Iota African-American mathematician and nuclear scientist who worked on The Manhattan Project [citation needed]
Bernard Harris



Name Original chapter Notability References
Emmett Ashford Upsilon First African American umpire in Major League Baseball [57]
Larry Bradford Gamma Kappa Former MLB pitcher with the Atlanta Braves [57]
Harvey Branch Beta Zeta Former minor league pitcher and MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals [57]
Don Buford Beta Omega Former MLB player for the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles; former minor and major league coach [57]
Donn Clendenon Pi Former MLB first baseman; MVP in the 1969 World Series with the New York Mets [57]
Samuel Drake Beta Tau Former MLB infielder with Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in mid to late 1960s [57]
Solly Drake Beta Tau Former MLB outfielder with several MLB teams in mid to late 1950s [57]
Kenny Lofton Delta Omicron Former MLB outfielder [57]
Lloyd McClendon Zeta Alpha Hitting coach for Detroit Tigers. Former MLB outfielder; former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners [57]
Walter Owens Gamma Beta Former pitcher and outfielder who played in Negro league baseball. Coached baseball and basketball for 54 years, 34 of them at Northern Illinois University before retiring in 2007. [57]
Nate Smith (baseball) Alpha Theta Former minor league catcher; [57]
Charlie Williams (umpire) Epsilon Kappa African American umpire in Major League Baseball [57]
Reggie Williams Alpha Sigma Former MLB player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians [57]
Lloyd McClendon


Name Original chapter Notability References
Cy Alexander Washington (DC) Alumni Former head basketball coach of North Carolina A&T State University, Tennessee State University and South Carolina State University; [citation needed]
Cliff Anderson Delta Eta Former NBA guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Rockets of the ABA. [11]
Bernie Bickerstaff Delta Epsilon Assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers; NBA coach and front office executive [5]
Curtis Blair Eta Xi NBA Referee; [citation needed]
Charlie Brown (basketball, born 1936) Gamma Eta Former collegiate All-American and former amateur basketball player [11]
Cliff Anderson Delta Eta Former NBA guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Rockets of the ABA. [11]
Walter Bond Psi Former NBA guard, professional motivational speaker [citation needed]
Bill Bridges Mu Former NBA Forward; 1975 NBA Champion; 3 time NBA All Star [citation needed]
Kevin Broadus Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Head coach of Morgan State University, former head men's basketball coach - Binghamton University; [citation needed]
Bill Buntin Sigma Former NBA Forward; [citation needed]
Willie Burton Psi Former NBA Forward; [citation needed]
Mack Calvin Beta Omega Former ABA Guard; [citation needed]
Jason Capel Theta Omicron Former men's head basketball coach of Appalachian State University; former basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels [citation needed]
Jeff Capel II Epsilon Beta Former men's head basketball coach Old Dominion University, North Carolina A&T University and Fayetteville State University; former NBA assistant coach Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Bobcats [5]
Wilt Chamberlain Mu Former NBA center; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1978; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006 [5]
John Chaney Gamma Theta Distinguished Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Temple University head coach; Basketball Hall of Fame 2001 [5]
Josh Childress Anaheim (CA) Alumni Retired NBA forward [citation needed]
David Cox (basketball) Xi Theta Current head basketball coach of University of Rhode Island [citation needed]
Gene Cross Beta Former head professional and collegiate basketball coach; [citation needed]
Erick Dampier Eta Upsilon Former NBA center [5]
Larry Demic Delta Omicron Former NBA Forward; [citation needed]
Harold Ellis Pi Former NBA Los Angeles Clippers Denver Nuggets forward; NBA team executive [5]
Alex English Zeta Epsilon Former NBA forward; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1997; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006, NBA assistant coach for Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings [citation needed]
Larry Finch Memphis (TN) Alumni Former head coach of University of Memphis [citation needed]
Dwight Freeman Dover (DE) Alumni Former Head coach of Norfolk State University, former head men's basketball coach - Marshall University; [citation needed]
Bill Garrett Alpha First African-American to play on the IU basketball team and also the first to regularly start on a Big Ten team; Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, 1974 [citation needed]
Caesar Felton Gayles Pi
(Charter Member)
Distinguished Langston University men's basketball head coach; College Basketball Hall of Fame 2014 [5]
James Green Lambda Pi
(Charter Member)
Former Head coach of Jacksonville State University [citation needed]
Tommie Green Baton Rouge (LA) Alumni Former NBA guard; Former men's head basketball Southern University [citation needed]
Penny Hardaway Kappa Beta Former Orlando Magic guard; 1996 Summer Olympics gold medalist; Current head basketball coach at University of Memphis; [11]
Leonard Hamilton Zeta Kappa
(Charter Member)
Head coach of Florida State University; former head coach at Oklahoma State University, the University of Miami, and NBA's Washington Wizards [citation needed]
Marques Haynes Alpha Pi Former Harlem Globetrotter; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1998 [11]
Walt Hazzard Upsilon Former NBA guard; former head coach of UCLA; led UCLA to its first NCAA Championship while going undefeated; 1964 Summer Olympics gold medalist [citation needed]
Alan Henderson Alpha Former NBA forward [5]
Bob Hopkins New Orleans (LA) Alumni Former NBA player, coach and scout. Interim head coach of Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1978; [citation needed]
Talen Horton-Tucker Omega Drafted by the NBA Los Angeles Lakers in 2019 NBA Draft; [5]
Allan Houston Mu Rho Assistant general manager for the New York Knicks; former NBA guard; 2000 Summer Olympics gold medalist [5]
Wade Houston Alpha Omicron Former head basketball coach at University of Tennessee; first African-American head basketball coach in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) [5]
Phil Hubbard Sigma Former NBA forward and assistant coach; 1976 Summer Olympics gold medalist [citation needed]
Melvin Hunt Lambda Lambda NBA assistant coach; Interim head coach for NBA Denver Nuggets in 2015 [citation needed]
Ben Jobe Alpha Delta Former collegiate basketball head coach; best known as the head coach of Southern University [citation needed]
George T. Johnson Beta Gamma Former NBA Center; Member of the 1975 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors; [citation needed]
Sam Jones Boston (MA) Alumni Former Boston Celtics Guard; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1984; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006, ten-time NBA champion [5]
Chad Kinch Zeta Delta Former NBA guard; [citation needed]
Maurice King (basketball) Mu Retired professional basketball player; first African American player to start for the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team. [11]
Kerry Kittles Delta Eta Former NBA forward; [citation needed]
Lonnie Kluttz Alpha Nu Former ABA player; [citation needed]
Ron Knight (basketball) Beta Omega Former NBA basketball player [11]
Lonnie Lynn Delta Former ABA player; Father of rapper and actor Common [citation needed]
Edward Martin (basketball) Charleston (SC) Alumni Retired head basketball coach at South Carolina State University and Tennessee State University [5]
McCoy McLemore Omega Former NBA guard; long time color analyst for Houston Rockets; <
Kennedy Meeks Theta Omicron Forward on the 2016-17 NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team; [citation needed]
Joe Meriweather Gamma Upsilon Former NBA center; [citation needed]
Eddie Miles Gamma Eta Retired NBA guard Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets [citation needed]
Jerome Mincy Kappa Kappa Member of the Puerto Rican national basketball team 1983-2002 [11]
Johnny Newman Eta Xi Former NBA forward [5]
David Noel Theta Omicron Former NBA forward; played in Philippine Basketball Association and the French LNB Pro A [citation needed]
Roman Penn Omega College point guard. [11]
Sam Perkins Fort Worth (TX) Alumni Former NBA forward; 1984 Summer Olympics gold medalist; Member of 1982 NCAA men's basketball championship University of North Carolina Tar Heels [citation needed]
Elliot Perry Kappa Beta Former NBA guard; Memphis Grizzlies radio commentator [citation needed]
Austin Price Omicron Kappa Professional basketball player [citation needed]
Charles Ramsey (basketball) Delta Nu Former men's head basketball coach Eastern Michigan University from 2005-2011 [5]
Ulysses Reed Iota Tau Former star guard with University of Arkansas teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s [citation needed]
Oscar Robertson Beta Eta Former NBA guard; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1980; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006; FIBA Hall of Fame, 2009; 1960 Summer Olympics gold medalist; the Oscar Robertson Trophy was named in his honor [5]
Bill Russell Gamma Alpha Former NBA center; first African-American inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1975; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006; FIBA Hall of Fame, 2007; 1956 Summer Olympics gold medalist; eleven-time NBA champion; awarded the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom; the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award was named in his honor; 1956 Summer Olympics gold medalist [5]
Cazzie Russell Sigma Former NBA guard and forward; CBA coach; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2011 [citation needed]
Bruce Spraggins Alpha Gamma Former ABA player; [citation needed]
Mark Tatum Iota Phi NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO); first African-American Deputy Commissioner of the NBA [58]
Tom Thacker (basketball) Beta Eta Former NBA / ABA Forward; 1968 NBA Champion; 1971 ABA Champion [citation needed]
James Wade (basketball) Kappa Zeta
(Charter Member: Omicron Iota)
WNBA head coach of Chicago Sky [citation needed]
Darrell Walker Iota Tau Head basketball coach Clark Atlanta University former assistant coach for the New York Knicks; former head coach of NBA Toronto Raptors, former NBA guard [5]
Melvin Watkins Zeta Delta Former head coach of Texas A&M University [citation needed]
Milt Williams Alpha Mu Former NBA guard; New York Knicks [citation needed]
George Wilson Beta Eta Former NBA forward-center; 1964 Summer Olympics gold medalist [citation needed]
Lorenzen Wright Kappa Beta Former NBA forward [citation needed]
Wilt Chamberlain
Oscar Robertson
Bill Russell
Penny Hardaway

American Football[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Cleveland Abbott Tuskegee (AL) Alumni Served as the head coach at Tuskegee University between 1923-1954; Won 6 black college football national championships; [citation needed]
Hubbard Alexander Alpha Theta Longtime NFL and College Running Back coach for multiple teams [citation needed]
Jaire Alexander Alpha Omicron Green Bay Packers defensive back [citation needed]
Willie Alexander (American football) Gamma Pi Retired Houston Oilers cornerback; [citation needed]
Otis Anderson Jr. Lambda Omega Pro football running back Los Angeles Rams; [citation needed]
Houston Antwine Gamma Upsilon Former AFL defensive tackle for New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles; 6 time AFL All Star [citation needed]
Nnamdi Asomugha Gamma Alpha Retired Oakland Raiders All-Pro cornerback; philanthropist [59]
Calvin Austin Kappa Beta NFL wide receiver; [citation needed]
Chris Barclay Omicron Sigma Retired NFL running back [3]
Lem Barney Delta Delta Retired Detroit Lions All-Pro safety; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1992 [5]
Odell Barry Beta Xi Retired wide receiver Denver Broncos; former of mayor Northglenn, Colorado [3]
Reggie Barlow Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Retired Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver; Head Coach Virginia State University [3]
Tra Battle Zeta Iota Former NFL defensive back [citation needed]
Albert Bell (American football) Eta Chi Former NFL wide receiver [59]
Bob Bell (American football) Beta Eta NFL defensive tackle for Detroit Lions, 1st round draft pick 1971 NFL Draft [citation needed]
Latin Berry Delta Alpha Former NFL defensive back with Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns [3]
J. J. Birden Delta Alpha Former NFL wide receiver [3]
Harry Boatswain Nu Gamma Former NFL offensive tackle for New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles; member of the Super Bowl XXIX champion San Francisco 49ers [citation needed]
Keith Bostic (American football) Sigma Former Houston Oilers defensive back; [citation needed]
Byron Braggs Eta Chi Retired defensive lineman Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers [citation needed]
Jim Braxton Beta Epsilon
(Charter Member: Epsilon Chi)
Former Buffalo Bills fullback; blocking back for OJ Simpson; [citation needed]
Johnny Bright Omega Former CFL running back, College Football Hall of Fame, 1984, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1970, Three time Grey Cup Champion [3]
Dana Brinson Eta Former wide receiver for NFL San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons and the London Monarchs of the World League [3]
Marlin Briscoe Alpha Eta Former AFL quarterback and AFL/NFL wide receiver; 2-time Super Bowl Champion as a wide receiver on Miami Dolphins, the first African-American to start at quarterback for a major professional football league game with the 1968 AFL Denver Broncos [citation needed]
Bob Brown Eta Former Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2004 and College Football Hall of Fame, 1993 [citation needed]
Larry Brown Kappa Epsilon Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback; Super Bowl XXX MVP [citation needed]
Reggie Brown (running back) Delta Alpha Former NFL running back with Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles and USFL Arizona Outlaws [3]
Steve Brown Delta Alpha Former Houston Oilers cornerback; NFL secondary coach [59]
Brandon Brooks Houston (TX) Alumni Philadelphia Eagles Guard [citation needed]
Earnest Byner Eta Psi Former NFL Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens running back, NFL running back coach [3]
Jim Caldwell Gamma Former head coach of the Detroit Lions; former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Wake Forest Demon Deacons; former offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens [60]
D. J. Campbell Gamma Alpha Miami Dolphins safety [citation needed]
Chris Canty New York (NY) Alumni Former NFL defensive lineman Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Member of the 2011 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, [citation needed]
Drew Carter Zeta Former Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders wide receiver [3]
Maurice Carthon Theta Mu Former assistant head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs; Former fullback for New York Giants and USFL New Jersey Generals; Two-time Super Bowl champion [61]
Marino Casem Jackson (MS) Alumni Served as the head coach at Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, and Southern University; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 [citation needed]
Greg Childs Iota Tau Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver [5]
Ryan Clark (American football) Nu Iota Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals cornerback; ESPN NFL analyst. [citation needed]
Dextor Clinkscale Alpha Lambda Former NFL Dallas Cowboys defensive back; [59]
Ken Coffey Iota Delta
(Charter Member: Lambda Theta)
Former NFL Washington Redskins defensive back [citation needed]
Junior Coffey Gamma Eta Former NFL running back with the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants; Thoroughbred horse trainer [citation needed]
Corey Coleman Xi Sigma NFL wide receiver Cleveland Browns; Buffalo Bills; New England Patriots; New York Giants [citation needed]
Ron Cooper (American football) Eta Mu Former head football coach of Louisville University and Alabama A&M University; longtime assistant coach in NCAA and NFL; [citation needed]
Reggie Corner Xi Xi Former Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars safety [citation needed]
Jerome Couplin III Xi Theta Former Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams Safety. Former CFL Linebacker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Current Safety for the Orlando Apollos
Neal Craig Cincinnati (OH) Alumni Former Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns safety [citation needed]
Marvin Crenshaw Eta All-American offensive tackle; Drafted by NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [citation needed]
B. J. Daniels Zeta Chi Former NFL Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans QB [62]
Theophilus Danzy Natchez (MS) Alumni Former head football coach at Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Stillman College [citation needed]
Eric Davis Eta Mu Former All-Pro San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers cornerback; former NFL Network analyst [citation needed]
Khalil Davis Eta 2020 draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [citation needed]
Willie Davis Gamma Psi Former All-Pro Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers defensive end; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1981; member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors [citation needed]
Ron Dickerson Beta Psi Former head coach of Temple University and Alabama State University [5]
Ron Dickerson Jr. Iota Tau Former wide receiver NFL Kansas City Chiefs; former head football coach of Gardner-Webb University [citation needed]
Willie Drewrey Epsilon Chi Former NFL Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver [citation needed]
Chuck Ealey Beta Xi Former CFL All-Pro quarterback; Led University of Toledo to 35 consecutive wins in a three-year span from 1969–1971, finished eighth in 1971 Heisman Trophy ballot [citation needed]
T.B. Ellis Pi Former Jackson State University head football coach (1946-51) and basketball coach (1949-50) [citation needed]
Earl Faison Alpha Former AFL defensive tackle for San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins; Member of 1963 AFL Champion San Diego Chargers; 1961 AFL Rookie of the Year [citation needed]
Larry Ferguson Gamma Former All-American; played professionally in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League [citation needed]
Donnie Fletcher Chi Former NFL cornerback [3]
Jamar Fletcher Beta Omicron Former NFL cornerback; recipient of Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy [59]
Terrell Fletcher Beta Omicron Retired NFL running back San Diego Chargers [59]
Duke Foster Pi Head football coach at Morehouse College from 1957 to 1966 [citation needed]
Ramon Foster Brentwood (TN) Alumni Pittsburgh Steeler Guard [citation needed]
Wallace Francis Gamma Sigma Former NFL wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills [citation needed]
Kenneth Geddes Eta Former NFL linebacker; [citation needed]
Bennie J. George Lambda Former head football coach at Delaware State University; [citation needed]
Howard C. Gentry Alpha Xi Former Tennessee State University head football coach (1955-60) [citation needed]
John Gilliam Atlanta (GA) Alumni Former NFL wide receiver [citation needed]
Marquise Goodwin Iota Delta San Francisco 49ers wide receiver; 2012 Summer Olympic long jumper [citation needed]
Jason Goss Kappa Epsilon Former NFL/CFL cornerback [citation needed]
Tom Goss (American football) Sigma Former athletic director at University of Michigan between 1997-2000 [citation needed]
Chris Gragg Iota Tau Buffalo Bills tight end [63]
Derrick Gragg Nu Rho Collegiate Athletic Administrator; Athletic Director at Tulsa University, former collegiate defensive back at Vanderbilt University; [citation needed]
David Grant Epsilon Chi Former NFL defensive lineman [3]
Leon Gray Delta Delta Former Pro Bowl offensive tackle for New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and New Orleans Saints; [citation needed]
Robert Green (American football) Eta Omega Former NFL running back [3]
Bobby Grier Beta Epsilon First African American football player to break the color barrier of the collegiate Sugar Bowl game when his Pittsburgh Panthers played in the 1956 Sugar Bowl held in New Orleans, LA against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets [3]
DeJuan Groce Eta Former NFL cornerback [3]
Sylvester Hall Xi Served as the head football coach at Virginia State University from 1949 to 1953; [citation needed]
Cortez Hankton Beta Upsilon Former NFL wide receiver; current college football assistant coach; [citation needed]
Mike Harden Sigma Former NFL Denver Broncos safety [citation needed]
Charlie Hardy Delta Rho Original Oakland Raider from the American Football League [3]
Willie Harper Eta Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker; Member of 1981 Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers [citation needed]
Bobby Harris Lambda Pi Former NFL/CFL offensive tackle [3]
Chick Harris Gamma Iota Long time NFL assistant coach [5]
Corey Harris Nu Rho Former NFL safety [3]
Duriel Harris Eta Tau Former NFL wide receiver with Miami Dolphins [citation needed]
Nic Harris Zeta Omega Former Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers linebacker [citation needed]
Edwin Harrison Houston (TX) Alumni Retired NFL and CFL player. Currently, the running backs and quality control coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) [citation needed]
Matthew Hatchette Langston (OK) Alumni Former NFL wide receiver [3]
Manny Hazard Eta Lambda Collegiate wide receiver; [citation needed]
John Henderson (wide receiver) Sigma Retired Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver; Head Coach Virginia State University [3]
Adam Henry (American football) Epsilon Phi Longtime NFL and College assistant coach for multiple teams [citation needed]
Kahlil Hill Gamma Former NFL/CFL wide receiver [59]
Randal Hill Miami (FL) Alumni Former NFL wide receiver [59]
Randy Hilliard Theta Lambda Former NFL defensive back; [59]
Jessie Hester Theta Eta Former NFL wide receiver [citation needed]
Bruce Holmes Stockbridge-Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Retired Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker [3]
Earl Holmes Alpha Xi Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker [3]
DeAndre Houston-Carson Xi Theta NFL defensive back [3]
Delles Howell Monroe (LA) Alumni Former New Orleans Saints and New York Jets defensive back; [citation needed]
Hornsby Howell Durham (NC) Alumni Former head football coach at North Carolina A&T University; first African-American on the football coaching staff of the University of Georgia [3]
Lane Howell Gamma Psi Retired NFL lineman New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles [3]
Charles Huff (American football) Nashville (TN) Alumni Currently, the head football coach at Marshall University; [citation needed]
Brett Hundley Upsilon NFL Quarterback Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals quarterback [citation needed]
Gerald Irons Gamma Xi Former Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns linebacker [citation needed]
Larron Jackson Delta Omega Former NFL Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman [citation needed]
Willie Jackson Zeta Phi Former NFL wide receiver [59]
Willie Jeffries Alpha Lambda First African American head coach of an NCAA Division I-A football program at Wichita State University; elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010 [citation needed]
Tony Jeter Eta Retired NFL tight end; [3]
Billy Joe Wilberforce (OH) Alumni Former AFL running back; 1963 AFL Rookie of the Year; longtime college head coach Central State University, Florida A&M University, Miles College, Member of the College Football Hall of Fame, [citation needed]
John Henry Johnson Gamma Iota Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987; member of 49ers Million Dollar Backfield [5]
Marquis Johnson Eta Chi Former NFL cornerback [citation needed]
Daryll Jones Zeta Iota Former defensive back with Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos; [citation needed]
Ernest Jones (linebacker) Zeta Epsilon Los Angeles Rams linebacker [3]
J. J. Jones Alpha Delta Former New York Jets quarterback; backup QB to Joe Namath; played for Calgary Stampeders in CFL; [citation needed]
Jimmy Jones (wide receiver) Beta Omicron Retired Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos wide receiver; [3]
Kevin Jones Theta Psi Former Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears running back [22][59]
William Judson Alpha Lambda Former NFL Miami Dolphins cornerback; [59]
EJ Junior Eta Chi Former Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins linebacker; two-time Pro Bowler [59]
Colin Kaepernick Xi Phi Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback [64]
Shaun King St. Petersburg (FL) Alumni Former NFL and Arena Football League quarterback; sports personality [22]
Roland Lakes Delta Upsilon Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman [citation needed]
Jerry Latin Epsilon Omicron Former NFL St. Louis Cardinals (football) running back [3]
Steve Lawson Mu Former NFL offensive lineman <
Charles Lee Lambda Omega Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver [citation needed]
Larry Lee (American football) Upsilon Former NFL offensive tackle for Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos; [citation needed]
Cleo Lemon Theta Mu Former NFL/CFL quarterback [65]
Keenan Lewis Iota Iota New Orleans Saints cornerback [3]
Leo Lewis Alpha Mu Former CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back, College Football Hall of Fame, 2005, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1973, Four time Grey Cup Champion [3]
Greg Lloyd Gamma Zeta Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker [3]
Andre Lott Mu Rho Former NFL safety [3]
Derek Loville Delta Alpha Former NFL running back; played on 3 Super Bowl championship teams [citation needed]
Lenny Lyles Alpha Omicron Former Baltimore Colts cornerback, Member of the 1958 NFL Champions [59]
Brandon Marshall Lambda Omega Chicago Bears All-Pro wide receiver; 2012 NFL Pro Bowl MVP; most receptions in a game in NFL history (21) [59]
Brandon Marshall Xi Phi Denver Broncos linebacker [59]
Jim Marshall Zeta Former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro defensive end; member of the famed Purple People Eaters defense; [59]
Harvey Martin Zeta Upsilon
(Charter member: Eta Phi)
Defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys; Super Bowl XII MVP; NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1977 [citation needed]
Ollie Matson Gamma Alpha Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1972; College Football Hall of Fame, 1976; won bronze medal in the 400-meter run and a silver medal as part of the US 4x400-meter relay team in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland; member of the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team [5]
Jordan Matthews Nu Rho Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver, Current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver [citation needed]
Michael Matthews Lambda Delta Former New York Giants tight end, Super Bowl Champion [citation needed]
Aaron Maybin Delta Theta Toronto Argonauts linebacker; former NFL player for Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals [citation needed]
Curtis McClinton Mu Former AFL player for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs; Member of the 1969 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs; 1962 AFL Rookie of the Year [citation needed]
Pellom McDaniels III Iota Iota Former Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons defensive end [3]
Booger McFarland St. Petersburg (FL) Alumni Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle [3]
Buford McGee Beta Mu
(Charter Member: Lambda Pi)
Former NFL running back; [citation needed]
Guy McIntyre Zeta Iota Former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl guard; three-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers [59]
Reggie McKenzie Sigma Former Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks guard; College Football Hall of Fame, 2002 [citation needed]
James McKinley (American football) Gamma Beta Former football player, coach, and businessman [3]
Bennie McRae Sigma Former Chicago Bears cornerback; Member of the 1963 NFL Champion Chicago Bears [3]
Ron Meeks Theta Mu Defensive backs coach for San Diego Chargers; former Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator [citation needed]
John Merritt Alpha Upsilon Head football coach at Jackson State University and Tennessee State University; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 [citation needed]
Glyn Milburn Lambda Nu Former NFL special teams specialist [59]
Steven Mitchell (American football) Beta Omega NFL Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans wide receiver [3]
Damontre Moore Nu Alpha New York Giants defensive end [citation needed]
Leroy Moore Alpha Pi Served as the head coach at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff [citation needed]
Zeke Moore Alpha Mu Former Houston Oilers defensive back [citation needed]
Emery Moorehead Beta Theta Former New York Giants, Chicago Bears tight end / wide receiver, Member of 1985 NFL Champions [3]
Derrick Morgan Lambda Delta Tennessee Titans defensive end [citation needed]
Kirk Morrison Delta Epsilon Former NFL linebacker [59]
Eric Mullins Gamma Alpha
(Charter member: Lambda Nu)
NFL wide receiver Houston Oilers [citation needed]
Ace Mumford Delta Born Arnett W. Mumford; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001; coached Southern University Jaguars to five national championships in football; coached Southern University to the 1941 national championship in basketball by taking the National Intercollegiate Invitational Basketball Tournament [66]
Al Nelson Beta Eta Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback [citation needed]
Jamar Newsome Lambda Omega Dallas Cowboys wide receiver [citation needed]
Cliff Odom Iota Alpha Retired NFL Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins linebacker [59]
Chris Oldham Delta Alpha Former NFL cornerback [59]
Bill Olds Eta Former NFL Baltimore Colts running back [citation needed]
Jim Pace Sigma Former NFL and CFL running back; eighth pick in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers [citation needed]
Tony Paige Theta Psi Former NFL running back [citation needed]
Preston Pearson Beta Former Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys running back; Two-time Super Bowl Champion [citation needed]
Mike Perez (American football) Delta Rho Former NFL pro quarterback for multiple NFL and Arena Football teams; [59]
Bob Pickens Eta Former NFL offensive lineman with NFL Chicago Bears; U.S. Olympic wrestler 1964 Tokyo Olympics [citation needed]
Bert C. Piggott Beta Former head football coach of the North Carolina A&T University; [citation needed]
Ricky Price Zeta Theta Former Kansas City Chiefs safety [citation needed]
Ron Prince Mu Upsilon Head coach at Howard University, Former head coach Kansas State University [citation needed]
Billy Pritchett Epsilon Pi Former NFL running back [3]
Stanley Pritchett, Jr Zeta Epsilon Former NFL fullback [3]
Mickey Pruitt Beta Theta Former NFL Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Member of 1992 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys [citation needed]
Kyle Queiro Theta Linebacker with NFL Dallas Cowboys and XFL [citation needed]
Dave Raimey Sigma Former NFL Cleveland Browns and CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts. Member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame [3]
Dwight T. Reed Psi Three lettermen in football at University of Minnesota; member of the 1935 and 1936 national champion Golden Gopher football teams; Former longtime head football coach at Lincoln University (Missouri) [3]
Herman Riddick Alpha Kappa Former longtime head football coach for North Carolina Central University [5]
Howard Richards St. Louis (MO) Alumni Former Dallas Cowboys Offensive Tackle [citation needed]
Gerald Riggs Gamma Iota Former NFL Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins running back [3]
Keenan Robinson Iota Delta Washington Redskins linebacker [citation needed]
Al Roberts Gamma Eta Long time NFL assistant coach [citation needed]
Andre Roberts Omicron Mu Arizona Cardinals wide receiver [citation needed]
C.R. Roberts Beta Omega Retired NFL and CFL running back [5]
Bill Roe Beta Theta Former NFL Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints linebacker [citation needed]
Johnny Roland Delta Omega Former St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants running back; long time NFL running back coach; College Football Hall of Fame, 1998 [citation needed]
Myron Rolle Theta Eta Former Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers safety; Rhodes Scholar [citation needed]
John B. Sample, Jr. Gamma Xi Defensive back; played in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts (1958–1960), Pittsburgh Steelers (1961–1962), and Washington Redskins (1963–1965), and in the American Football League for the New York Jets (1966–1968) [citation needed]
Weslye Saunders Zeta Epsilon Indianapolis Colts tight end [citation needed]
Gale Sayers Mu Former Chicago Bears running back; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977 College Football Hall of Fame, 1977 [citation needed]
Ron Sayers Alpha Eta Former San Diego Chargers running back; Younger brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers [5]
Hurles Scales Zeta Upsilon Former NFL St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers defensive back [citation needed]
Chris Scott (defensive end) Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Former NFL defensive lineman with Indianapolis Colts [3]
Darren Sharper Xi Theta Former NFL All-Pro safety [citation needed]
Lin-J Shell Omicron Delta Former defensive back in the CFL [citation needed]
Travis Shelton Lambda Former NFL wide receiver [citation needed]
Rod Shoate Zeta Omega Former NFL New England Patriots linebacker, USFL linebacker, College Football Hall of Fame, 2013 [citation needed]
Bob Simmons (American football coach) Beta Xi
(Charter Member: Zeta Nu)
Former college assistant head coach, former head coach at Oklahoma State University [citation needed]
Duke Slater Gamma First African-American lineman in NFL history. Former AFL & NFL offensive tackle, 6x All Pro; Pro Football Hall of Fame 2020 Centennial Class; College Football Hall of Fame, 1951 [3]
Charlie Smith (wide receiver) Gamma Psi Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver [3]
Kolby Smith Independence (MO) Alumni Former NFL Kansas City Chiefs running back [citation needed]
Rick Smith Nu Former General Manager of NFL Houston Texans [citation needed]
Rod Smith Mu Epsilon Retired wide receiver with the Denver Broncos [citation needed]
Ron Smith Beta Omicron Retired defensive back / return specialist with 5 NFL teams [citation needed]
Ryan Smith Alpha Kappa Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back; [citation needed]
Tre' Stallings Lambda Pi Former Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens offensive guard [citation needed]
Reggie Swinton Eta Beta Former NFL/CFL wide receiver and return specialist [citation needed]
Veryl Switzer Beta Psi Fourth pick of the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft by Green Bay Packers; Played halfback and return specialist in the Canadian Football League; [citation needed]
George Taliaferro Alpha First African American drafted by an NFL team, College Football Hall of Fame, 1981 [59]
Hurley Tarver Epsilon Gamma Former NFL and CFL cornerback; [citation needed]
David Tate Beta Theta Former NFL Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts safety [59]
Alontae Taylor Mu Rho NFL cornerback; [citation needed]
Joe Taylor Epsilon Omicron
(Charter member: Zeta Mu)
Retired football coach Howard University, Florida A&M University, Virginia Union University, and Hampton University; College Football Hall of Fame inductee [59]
Dontarrious Thomas Theta Delta Former NFL linebacker [59]
Earl Thomas Iota Delta Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety; member of Seahawks' Legion of Boom, which led the team to its first Super Bowl win in franchise history [citation needed]
Reyna Thompson Lambda Lambda Former NFL cornerback; [citation needed]
Channing Tindall Zeta Iota Starting linebacker for the 2021 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs; [citation needed]
Tyke Tolbert Nu Iota Leon "Tyke" Tolbert is a longtime NFL and College coach for multiple teams [citation needed]
Burl Toler Gamma Alpha First African-American referee in the NFL; first African-American official of any professional sport when he was hired in 1965; member of the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team [67]
Mike Tomlin Eta Omega
(Charter member: Xi Theta)
Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009; has the most wins by an African-American Head Coach in NFL history [3]
Andre Townsend Beta Mu
(Charter member: Lambda Pi)
Retired defensive end for Denver Broncos [citation needed]
Lynden Trail Norfolk (VA) Alumni Former NFL linebacker [citation needed]
Jason Tucker Kappa Epsilon Former Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver; two-time Grey Cup Champion; current receivers coach for Saskatchewan Roughriders [3]
Bobby Turner Delta Iota Longtime NFL running back coach [3]
Ted Vactor Eta Former Washington Redskins defensive back; [citation needed]
Courtney Van Buren Gamma Sigma Former San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions offensive tackle [3]
Tyler Vaughns Beta Omega NFL wide receiver; [citation needed]
James J. Walker (American football) Gamma Former head football coach at Central State University [citation needed]
Kevin Walker (linebacker) Cincinnati Alumni Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker [3]
Trent Walters Alpha Former Canadian Football League lineman; [citation needed]
Carl Ward Sigma Former Cleveland Browns return specialist [citation needed]
Tavares Washington Zeta Phi Former NFL/UFL offensive guard [citation needed]
Ted Washington Sr. Zeta Zeta Former NFL Houston Oilers linebacker [3]
Dick Westmoreland Alpha Nu Former San Diego Chargers cornerback [5]
Freeman White Eta Retired tight end New York Giants; Ottawa Rough Riders [3]
Bernard Whittington Alpha Former NFL Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman [citation needed]
Kyle Wilber Omicron Sigma Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys linebacker [citation needed]
Barry Wilburn Beta Mu
(Charter Member: Lambda Pi)
Retired Washington Redskins defensive back; Member of 1987 Super Bowl Champion Washington Redskins and 1994 Grey Cup Champion British Columbia Lions [citation needed]
Solomon Wilcots Beta Theta Former NFL defensive back; NFL commentator and analyst for NFL Network and CBS [citation needed]
Michael Wiley Zeta Former NFL Dallas Cowboys running back [citation needed]
Aeneas Williams Alpha Sigma Former All Pro St. Louis Rams defensive back; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2014 [5]
Elijah Williams (American football) Zeta Phi Former NFL running back [3]
Bill Willis Zeta One of the first African-American football players to play professional football in the modern era; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977 and College Football Hall of Fame, 1971 [5]
Deatrich Wise Jr. Iota Tau Defensive end for the New England Patriots [citation needed]
Donovan Woods Zeta Theta Former NFL linebacker [59]
Tony Wyllie Beta Upsilon
(Charter member: Mu Sigma)
Senior Vice President for the Washington Redskins [citation needed]
Colin Kaepernick
Nnamdi Asomugha
Earl Thomas
Gale Sayers
Mike Tomlin

Track & Field[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Jerome Biffle Beta Theta 1952 Olympics gold medalist, long jump [citation needed]
Larry Black Alpha Kappa Gold medalist in the 4 × 100 m relay and silver medalist in the 200 m at the 1972 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Sol Butler Chicago (IL) Alumni Multi-talented athlete who competed in American football and track and field. He finished seventh in the long jump competition at the 1920 Summer Olympics. [citation needed]
Henry Carr Gamma Iota Gold medalist in the 200 meters, and also when he anchored the 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7 at the 1964 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Cletus Clark Eta Lambda Pan American Games gold medalist hurdler [citation needed]
Hollis Conway Theta Nu 1988 Olympic silver medalist and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump [5]
Ivory Crockett Gamma Upsilon Broke the world record in 1974 for the 100-yard dash and held the distinction of being the world's fastest man at his distance [citation needed]
Josh Culbreath Alpha Iota Bronze medalist in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1956 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Ira Davis (athlete) Delta Eta Three-time U.S. Olympian in the triple jump [citation needed]
Jon Drummond Kappa Epsilon 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 4X100 relay [5]
Ron Freeman Gamma Iota Winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay and bronze medal in 400 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Ed Gordon Gamma Won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Cejhae Greene Zeta Iota Antiguan sprinter. Represented Antigua at the 2021 Summer Olympics. [citation needed]
Charles Greene Eta Winner of the gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay and bronze medal in 100 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Vincent Henderson Iota Tau Sprinter [3]
Thomas L. Hill Des Moines (IA) Alumni Won a bronze medal in the men's 110 m hurdles event in the 1972 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Hayes Jones Delta Nu 1964 Olympic gold medalist in the high hurdles; 1960 Olympic bronze medalist in the high hurdles [citation needed]
Byron LaBeach Alpha Iota Retired Jamaican sprinter who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics [3]
James LuValle Upsilon Won the bronze medal in the 400 m at the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin; graduated Phi Beta Kappa in chemistry and earned his PhD [citation needed]
Sean Maye Las Vegas (NV) Alumni 1997 World Indoor Championships 4x400 gold medalist [3]
Deon Minor Xi Sigma Former U.S. track and field athlete who specialized in the 400 meter dash [citation needed]
Antonio Pettigrew Gamma Omicron 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 4x400 meter relay for the US; won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo [citation needed]
Tyrone Smith Iota Omega Long jumper [citation needed]
Charlie Tidwell Mu World record holder in the 220 Hurdles; Member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Track & Field [citation needed]
Lorenzo Wright Alpha Beta Gold medalist in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1948 Summer Olympics [citation needed]
Erick Walder Iota Tau Long and triple jumper [3]

Soccer, Tennis, and Other Athletics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Arthur Ashe Upsilon Tennis legend, social activist; 39th Laurel Wreath laureate; [5]
Kenny Bayless Gamma Alpha Noted championship boxing referee [5]
Richard Hudlin Iota Famed tennis coach, tennis mentor to Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, Helped desegregation public tennis facilities in St. Louis, MO [5]
Kendrick Farris Xi Alpha Olympic weightlifter [citation needed]
Franklin L. Forbes Pi Former Morehouse College Athletic Director and basketball coach; The 6,000 seat on-campus arena, Forbes Arena, is named after him which hosted basketball preliminaries during the 1996 Summer Olympics and was the home arena to the Atlanta Glory; [5]
Wilbert McClure Beta Xi 1960 Olympics gold medalist in boxing, light middle-weight division; only boxing gold medalist in the history of the Olympics to earn a Ph.D [citation needed]
Dasan Robinson Iota Mu MLS player [3]
Dante Washington Theta Psi MLS player; 1992 Olympian [68][69]
Darryl Washington Beta Epsilon World-class swimmer; multiple Big East Conference Champion [5]


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