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Howard University

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Historically-black college founded 1866 by Gen. Oliver O. Howard as Howard Theological Seminary. Incorporated 2 March 1867.

Location:
Washington, DC

Founding Date:
20-Nov-1866

Team:
Bisons

Enrollment:
10,000

Official Website:
http://www.howard.edu/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Debbie Allen
Dancer
16-Jan-1950   All About You
Laz Alonso
Actor
25-Mar-1974   Charlie Duchamp on Breakout Kings
Anthony Anderson
Actor
15-Aug-1970   Kangaroo Jack, Barbershop
Brian P. Anderson
Business
c. 1951   CFO of OfficeMax, 2004-05
Nnamdi Azikiwe
Head of State
16-Nov-1904 11-May-1996 First President of Nigeria, 1963-66
Amiri Baraka
Author
7-Oct-1934   Hates Whitey
Michelle Bernard
Activist
c. 1964   Conservative commentator
Mary Frances Berry
Government
17-Feb-1938   Civil Rights Commissioner, 1980-2004
James A. Bland
Songwriter
22-Oct-1854 5-Mar-1911 Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
Richard W. Boehm
Diplomat
25-Jun-1926 28-Nov-2011 US Ambassador to Oman, 1989-92
Edward Brooke
Politician
26-Oct-1919   US Senator from Massachusetts, 1967-79
Claude Brown
Author
23-Feb-1937 2-Feb-2002 Manchild in the Promised Land
Gayleatha B. Brown
Diplomat
?   US Ambassador to Benin
Roland W. Burris
Politician
8-Aug-1937   US Senator from Illinois, 2009-10
Addie J. Butler
Religion
1946   Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Donald Byrd
Jazz Musician
9-Dec-1932 4-Feb-2013 Hard bop trumpeter
Stokely Carmichael
Activist
29-Jun-1941 15-Nov-1998 Black separatist, Pan-Africanist
Paula H. J. Cholmondeley
Business
c. 1948   VP at Sappi Fine Paper, 2000-04
Kenneth B. Clark
Psychologist
14-Jul-1914 1-May-2005 Studied the effects of prejudice on children
Lucille Clifton
Poet
27-Jun-1936 13-Feb-2010 Good Woman
Sanford Cloud, Jr.
Business
27-Nov-1944   President of NCCJ, 1994-2004
Elijah Cummings
Politician
18-Jan-1951   Congressman, Maryland 7th
Frenchie Davis
Musician
9-May-1979   BBW booted from American Idol
Ossie Davis
Actor
18-Dec-1917 4-Feb-2005 Do The Right Thing
Wendy Davis
Actor
?   Joan Burton on Army Wives
Ernest R. Dickerson
Film Director
25-Jun-1951   Bulletproof
Charles Diggs, Jr.
Politician
2-Dec-1922 24-Aug-1998 Congressman from Michigan, 1955-80
David Dinkins
Politician
10-Jul-1927   Mayor of New York City, 1989-93
Edward R. Dudley
Diplomat
11-Mar-1911 8-Feb-2005 First Black US Ambassador
James C. Early
Activist
12-Jan-1947   Smithsonian Institution
Billy Eckstine
Singer
8-Jul-1914 8-Mar-1993 First African-American singing idol
Mike Espy
Government
30-Nov-1953   US Secretary of Agriculture, 1993-94
James Farmer
Activist
12-Jan-1920 9-Jul-1999 Co-Founder, CORE
Dennis Felton
Basketball
21-Jun-1963   UGA Head Coach
Adrian Fenty
Politician
7-Dec-1970   Mayor of Washington DC, 2007-11
Roberta Flack
Singer
10-Feb-1939   Killing Me Softly with His Song
Harold Ford, Sr.
Politician
20-May-1945   Congressman from Tennessee, 1975-97
Shirley Franklin
Politician
10-May-1945   Mayor of Atlanta, 2002-10
E. Franklin Frazier
Sociologist
24-Sep-1894 17-May-1962 Black Bourgeoisie
Al Green
Politician
1-Sep-1947   Congressman, Texas 9th
Lance Gross
Actor
8-Jul-1981   Calvin Payne on House of Payne
Conrad K. Harper
Attorney
c. 1940   Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett
Kamala Harris
Attorney
20-Oct-1964   Attorney General of California
Patricia Roberts Harris
Government
31-May-1924 23-Mar-1985 Cabinet Secretary under Jimmy Carter
Alcee Hastings
Politician
5-Sep-1936   Congressman, Florida 23rd
Donny Hathaway
Singer
1-Oct-1945 13-Jan-1979 Where Is The Love?
Wade Henderson
Activist
1948   Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Taraji P. Henson
Actor
11-Sep-1970   The Division
Earl Hilliard
Politician
9-Apr-1942   Congressman from Alabama, 1993-2003
Benjamin Hooks
Activist
31-Jan-1925 15-Apr-2010 NAACP Director, 1977-92
Shirley Horn
Musician
1-May-1934 20-Oct-2005 Here's To Life
Zora Neale Hurston
Novelist
7-Jan-1891 28-Jan-1960 Their Eyes Were Watching God
John E. Jacob
Business
16-Dec-1934   President of Urban League, 1982-94
Cheddi Jagan
Head of State
22-Mar-1918 6-Mar-1997 President of Guyana, 1992-97
Franklyn G. Jenifer
Educator
26-Mar-1939   President of UT-Dallas, 1994-2003
Vernon Jordan
Business
15-Aug-1935   Advisor to Bill Clinton
Colbert King
Columnist
20-Sep-1939   Washington Post columnist
Gwendolyn S. King
Government
23-Sep-1940   Commissioner of Social Security, 1989-92
Lester L. Lyles
Military
20-Apr-1946   Commander, USAF Materiel Command, 2000-03
Vicki Mabrey
Journalist
c. 1956   60 Minutes II
Thurgood Marshall
Judge
2-Jul-1908 24-Jan-1993 First black US Supreme Court justice
John T. McCarthy
Diplomat
27-Dec-1939   US Ambassador to Tunisia, 1991-94
Van McCoy
Musician
6-Jan-1940 6-Jul-1979 The Hustle
Gabrielle K. McDonald
Judge
12-Apr-1942   US District Court Judge, Texas, 1979-88
Floretta Dukes McKenzie
Business
c. 1936   DC School Superintendent, 1981-88
Gregory Meeks
Politician
25-Sep-1953   Congressman, New York 6th
Kelly Miller
Sociologist
23-Jul-1863 29-Dec-1939 Out of the House of Bondage
May Miller
Playwright
26-Jan-1899 8-Feb-1995 The Bog Guide
Keith Mitchell
Head of State
12-Nov-1946   Prime Minister of Grenada
Stacey J. Mobley
Attorney
1946   Senior Counsel at Dickstein Shapiro
George Moose
Diplomat
23-Jun-1944   US Ambassador to the UN in Europe, 1998-2001
Toni Morrison
Author
18-Feb-1931   Beloved
James C. Napier
Government
9-Jun-1845 21-Apr-1940 Founder of Nashville One-Cent Savings Bank
Me'Shell NdegéOcello
Singer
29-Aug-1969   Eclectic R&B singer and bassist
Jessye Norman
Singer
15-Sep-1945   Operatic soprano
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Religion
13-Apr-1919 Sep-1995 Atheist spokeswoman
Ronald D. Palmer
Diplomat
22-May-1932   US Ambassador to Mauritius, 1986-89
Paula Jai Parker
Actor
19-Aug-1969   Trudy Proud on The Proud Family
Carl Anthony Payne II
Actor
24-May-1969   Cole Brown on Martin
Gerald D. Prothro
Business
c. 1943   Former IBM executive
Puff Daddy
Music Producer
4-Nov-1969   Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
Peggy A. Quince
Judge
3-Jan-1948   Justice, Florida Supreme Court
Phylicia Rashad
Actor
19-Jun-1948   Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show
Gilbert T. Ray
Business
c. 1944   Former Partner, O'Melveny and Myers
Kasim Reed
Politician
10-Jun-1969   Mayor of Atlanta
Irvin D. Reid
Educator
21-Feb-1941   President, Wayne State University
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Actor
25-Jul-1967   Tasha Mack on The Game
Roxie Roker
Actor
28-Aug-1929 2-Dec-1995 Helen Willis on The Jeffersons
Frank Savage
Business
c. 1940   VP at Equitable Life, 1987-96
Pauline A. Schneider
Attorney
c. 1943   Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Oliver R. Sockwell, Jr.
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Connie Lee, 1987-97
H. Patrick Swygert
Educator
17-Mar-1943   President of Howard University, 1995-2008
Tracie Thoms
Actor
19-Aug-1975   Kat Miller on Cold Case
Kathryn C. Turner
Business
c. 1947   Founder of Standard Technology, Inc.
Dale Wainwright
Judge
19-Jun-1961   Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Isaiah Washington
Actor
3-Aug-1963   Dr. Burke on Grey's Anatomy
Crystal Waters
Singer
10-Oct-1964   Gypsy Woman
Marlon Wayans
Comic
23-Jul-1972   A Wayans Brother
Togo West
Government
21-Jun-1942   US Secretary of the Army, Veterans Affairs
George Henry White
Politician
18-Dec-1852 28-Dec-1918 Congressman from North Carolina, 1897-1901
Karen Malina White
Actor
7-Jul-1965   The Proud Family
L. Douglas Wilder
Politician
17-Jan-1931   Governor of Virginia, 1990-94
Christopher J. Williams
Business
c. 1958   Williams Capital Group
Hattie Winston
Actor
3-Mar-1945   The Electric Company
Harris Wofford
Politician
9-Apr-1926   US Senator from Pennsylvania, 1991-95
Jeremiah Wright
Religion
22-Sep-1941   Trinity United Church of Christ
Albert Wynn
Politician
10-Sep-1951   Congressman, Maryland 4th
Andrew Young
Politician
12-Mar-1932   Mayor of Atlanta, 1982-90

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alexander T. Augusta
Doctor
8-Mar-1825 21-Dec-1890 First black battlefield surgeon
Roscoe Bartlett
Politician
3-Jun-1926   Congressman, Maryland 6th
David H. Blackwell
Mathematician
24-Apr-1919 8-Jul-2010 Bayesian statistics
Lee P. Brown
Politician
4-Oct-1937   Mayor of Houston, 1998-2004
Ralph Bunche
Diplomat
4-Aug-1904 9-Dec-1971 UN Mediator in Palestine 1948
Kenneth B. Clark
Psychologist
14-Jul-1914 1-May-2005 Studied the effects of prejudice on children
E. Franklin Frazier
Sociologist
24-Sep-1894 17-May-1962 Black Bourgeoisie
Al Freeman, Jr.
Actor
21-Mar-1934 10-Aug-2012 Malcolm X
Patricia Roberts Harris
Government
31-May-1924 23-Mar-1985 Cabinet Secretary under Jimmy Carter
Melville J. Herskovits
Anthropologist
10-Sep-1895 25-Feb-1963 The Myth of the Negro Past
Percy Julian
Chemist
11-Apr-1899 19-Apr-1975 Physostigmine and cortisone
Ernest Just
Biologist
14-Aug-1883 27-Oct-1941 Cell surfaces and egg fertilization
Max Kampelman
Diplomat
7-Nov-1920 25-Jan-2013 US Ambassador to the CSCE
Rayford W. Logan
Historian
7-Jan-1897 4-Nov-1982 The Negro in American Life and Thought
Donald F. McHenry
Diplomat
13-Oct-1936   US Ambassador to the UN, 1979-81
Kelly Miller
Sociologist
23-Jul-1863 29-Dec-1939 Out of the House of Bondage
Keith Mitchell
Head of State
12-Nov-1946   Prime Minister of Grenada
Toni Morrison
Author
18-Feb-1931   Beloved
Cecil B. Pickett
Biologist
5-Oct-1945   Ezetrol, Singulair, and Vioxx
Charles B. Purvis
Doctor
14-Apr-1842 14-Dec-1929 Pioneering African-American physician
Irvin D. Reid
Educator
21-Feb-1941   President, Wayne State University
Eric Williams
Head of State
25-Sep-1911 29-Mar-1981 Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, 1956-81

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
O. Rudolph Aggrey
Diplomat
24-Jul-1926   US Ambassador to Romania, 1977-81
Lee Atwater
Politician
27-Feb-1951 29-Mar-1991 RNC Chairman, 1988-90
Tony Brown
Talk Show Host
11-Apr-1933   Host of Tony Brown's Journal
Blanche K. Bruce
Politician
1-Mar-1841 17-Mar-1898 US Senator, former slave
Roland W. Burris
Politician
8-Aug-1937   US Senator from Illinois, 2009-10
Bruce S. Gelb
Diplomat
24-Feb-1927   US Ambassador to Belgium, 1991-93
Earl G. Graves
Business
c. 1935   Black Enterprise magazine
Patricia Roberts Harris
Government
31-May-1924 23-Mar-1985 Cabinet Secretary under Jimmy Carter
Oliver O. Howard
Military
8-Nov-1830 26-Oct-1909 Headed the Freedmen's Bureau
John E. Jacob
Business
16-Dec-1934   President of Urban League, 1982-94
Franklyn G. Jenifer
Educator
26-Mar-1939   President of UT-Dallas, 1994-2003
Sheila Crump Johnson
Business
1949   Billionaire
John Mercer Langston
Politician
14-Dec-1829 15-Nov-1897 First black Congressman elected from Virginia
Rayford W. Logan
Historian
7-Jan-1897 4-Nov-1982 The Negro in American Life and Thought
Robert L. Lumpkins
Business
c. 1944   Vice Chairman of Cargill
Gabrielle K. McDonald
Judge
12-Apr-1942   US District Court Judge, Texas, 1979-88
Floretta Dukes McKenzie
Business
c. 1936   DC School Superintendent, 1981-88
Kelly Miller
Sociologist
23-Jul-1863 29-Dec-1939 Out of the House of Bondage
Stacey J. Mobley
Attorney
1946   Senior Counsel at Dickstein Shapiro
James C. Napier
Government
9-Jun-1845 21-Apr-1940 Founder of Nashville One-Cent Savings Bank
Richard Parsons
Business
4-Apr-1948   CEO of Time Warner, 2002-07
Harry J. Pearce
Business
20-Aug-1942   Vice Chairman of GM, 1996-2001
Percy A. Pierre
Educator
3-Jan-1939   President, Prairie View A&M University, 1983-89
Colin Powell
Government
5-Apr-1937   US Secretary of State, 2001-05
Gerald D. Prothro
Business
c. 1943   Former IBM executive
Charles B. Purvis
Doctor
14-Apr-1842 14-Dec-1929 Pioneering African-American physician
A. Barry Rand
Business
1945   CEO of Equitant, 2003-05
Kasim Reed
Politician
10-Jun-1969   Mayor of Atlanta
Sidney A. Ribeau
Educator
c. 1947   President of Howard University
Frank Savage
Business
c. 1940   VP at Equitable Life, 1987-96
Kurt L. Schmoke
Politician
1-Dec-1949   Mayor of Baltimore, 1988-99
H. Patrick Swygert
Educator
17-Mar-1943   President of Howard University, 1995-2008
John A. Thain
Business
26-May-1955   CEO of CIT Group


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