China Jude (Alabama State Univeristy) – First black females Athletic Director at Cheyney University, currently working at CUNY Queens College.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Morehouse College) – Leader of the Civil Rights movement, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Earl “the Goat” Manigault (Johnson C. Smith University) – Harlem New York’s Rucker Park basketball legend.
Ed Bradley (Cheyney University) – CBS journalist on 60 Minutes.
Marion Barry (LeMoyne–Owen College) – former mayor of Washington, DC.
Michael Clarke Duncan (Alcorn) – actor; star of "The Green Mile," "Armageddon."
Ruben Studdard (Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University) – attended on a football scholarship; winner of "American Idol" Season 2.
Spike Lee (Morehouse) – Emmy winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker ("Malcolm X," "Do the Right Thing," "Inside Man").
Sylvester Ritter (Fayettville State University) – former NFL player and professional wrestler, “The Junkyard Dog.”
The Commodores (Tuskegee University) – 70’s R&B group which featured Lionel Richie.
Thurgood Marshall (Lincoln University) – First African–American Supreme Court Justice.
Wanda Sykes (Hampton University) – Stand–up comedian, film and TV star ("Mother in Law," "Curb Your Enthusiasm").