List of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) alumni

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This list of Lincoln University alumni includes graduates, non-graduate former students and current students of Lincoln University. Lincoln University is a historically black university (HBCU).[1]

Lincoln University has many notable alumni, including Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Hildrus Poindexter, Horace Mann Bond, Roscoe Lee Browne, Robert L. Carter, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, and Melvin B. Tolson. Many of Langston Hughes' papers reside in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library on campus.

Nnamdi Azikiwe and Kwame Nkrumah were the first President/Prime Minister of Nigeria and Ghana respectively, fulfilling John Miller Dickey's vision of Lincoln University as a training institution for African leadership. At least ten of its alumni have served as United States ambassadors or mission chiefs. Many are federal, state and municipal judges, and many others have served as mayors or city managers.

Lincoln University alumni have held key leadership positions at more than 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churches.[citation needed] South Carolina State University, Livingstone College, Albany State University, Texas Southern University, Ibeme Memorial College (Nigeria), Ibibio State College (Nigeria), and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) were all founded by Lincoln alumni.

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Ghanaian politician, member of the United Gold Coast Convention and The Big Six
Walter G. Alexander 1899 first African American to serve in the New Jersey Legislature
Charles E. Anderson 1941 first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Meteorology
Nnamdi Azikiwe 1930 first President of Nigeria
Harry W. Bass 1888 first African American elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1910
A.A. Birch, Jr. 1952 first African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Donald Bogle 1966 film historian, author, educator
Horace Mann Bond 1923 educator, scholar; first African-American and alumnus to become President of Lincoln University
Oscar Brown, Jr. 1940 singer, actor, playwright, director
Roscoe Lee Browne 1946 actor, former 800-meters record holder
Isaac D. Burrell 1890 physician and pharmacist
Maria Louisa Bustill teacher and mother of Paul Robeson
Cab Calloway 1930 entertainer, bandleader
Robert L. Carter 1937 general counsel of the NAACP, United States District Judge
Frank "Tick" Coleman 1935 educator
Alexander Darnes 1876 born into slavery, owned by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith; second African-American physician in Florida
Lillian E. Fishburne 1971 first African American woman promoted to the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy
Christian Fleetwood 1860 served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, earned the Medal of Honor
William Fontaine 1930 philosopher
Archibald H. Grimke 1870 lawyer, journalist, public speaker, member of the Niagara Movement
Francis J. Grimké 1870 Pastor of the 15th Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., member of the Niagara Movement
William E. Holmes former President of Central City College, faculty of the Atlanta Baptist Institute, now Morehouse College for 25 years.
Langston Hughes 1929 poet
Roderick L. Ireland 1966 first African American associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [2]
Montford "Monte" Irvin New York Giants player; inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973
Pee Wee Kirkland 2000 former street basketball player from New York City; played at Rucker Park in the 1970 and 1971 seasons [3]
Brian Jackson 1973 keyboardist, writer
Robert Walter "Whirlwind" Johnson 1924 physician, educator, tennis instructor to Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe
Saara Kuugongelwa 1994 Namibian politician
Robert Lee 1941 South Carolina-born dentist who emigrated to Ghana in 1956 and operated a dental practice there for nearly five decades until his retirement in 2002 [4]
Thurgood Marshall 1930 first African-American Supreme Court Justice
Thomas E. Miller 1872 South Carolina Congressman; first President of South Carolina State University (1896–1911)
Joseph Miró 1970 politician, member of the Delaware House of Representatives from the 22nd district
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. 1932 NAACP lobbyist ("101st U.S. Senator"), civil rights leader
Aaron Albert Mossell 1885 attorney, first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Nathan Francis Mossell 1879 physician, first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Larry Neal 1961 Black Arts Movement leader in the 1960s [5]
Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. 1921 first African American elected to Congress from Pennsylvania
Kwame Nkrumah 1939 first President of the modern Ghana
Sheila Y. Oliver 1974 first African American woman Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
Barrington D. Parker 1936 U.S. Court of Appeals Justice
Brigadier General Harold E. Pierce 1942 dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon
Fayette Pinkney 1984 singer, one of the original members of the group The Three Degrees
Hildrus Poindexter 1924 bacteriologist; head of Howard University Medical School in 1934
Edward S. Porter physician
Dr. Joseph C. Price 1879 founder of Livingstone College
William Drew Robeson I 1876 minister, father of Paul Robeson
James H. Robinson 1935 founder of Operation Crossroads Africa (a model for the Peace Corps); Chapters 8, 9 and 10 of Robinson's 1950 autobiography, Road Without Turning, describe life at Lincoln in the early 1930s [6]
Gil Scott-Heron attended, early 1970s, activist, singer-songwriter
Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz 1949 Professor of Mathematics, Chairman of the Mathermatics and Computer Science Department at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) from 1998 to 2000
Francis Cecil Sumner 1915 father of Black psychology; first African American to receive a Ph.D in psychology
Wilbert "Bill" Tatum 1958 Publisher Emeritus of The New York Amsterdam News [7]
Clive Terrelonge 1994 Olympic track and field athlete from Jamaica
Mose Penaani Tjitendero 1968 Namibian politician; former Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia ;Chairman, SWAPO Central Committee
Tjama Tjivikua 1983 Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia
Melvin B. Tolson 1924 poet, educator, columnist, and politician
James L. Usry 1946 first African American Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey
Joseph Cornelius Waddy 1935 Federal Judge
Herb J. Wesson Jr. 1999 Speaker of the California State Assembly
Albert H. Wheeler 1936 first African American Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Boyce Courtney Williams 1974 Vice President of National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Franklin Williams 1941 diplomat; former president of Phelps Stokes Fund; former Assistant Attorney General of California
Bruce M. Wright 1942 judge in New York and Connecticut, author of Black Robes, White Justice |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" Joseph H. Saunders 1941 Mathematics professor UDC

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