notable-alumni

Lincoln University has many notable alumni, including Thurgood Marshall, Jr., 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 10 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.  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
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Ghanaian politician, member of the United Gold Coast Convention and The Big Six (Ghana)
Alexander Darnes 1876 Born into slavery, owned by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, became the second African-American physician in Florida
Walter G. Alexander 1899 first African American to serve in the New Jersey Legislature
Nnamdi Azikiwe 1930 First President of Nigeria
Harry W. Bass 1888 First African American elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1910
Phillip Banks III New York City, Chief of Police Department
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
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
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
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
Gil Scott-Heron Attended in the early 1970s, activist, singer-songwriter
Joseph Winthrop Holley 1900 Founder of Albany State University
Langston Hughes 1929 Poet
Roderick L. Ireland 1966 First African American associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Montford “Monte” Irvin New York Baseball Giants player; inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
Pee Wee Kirkland 2000 former street basketball player from New York City, he played at Rucker Park in the 1970 and 1971 season is regarded as legendary
Brian Jackson 1973 Keyboardist, writer
Halvern H. Johnson M.D. 1931 Author, organizer and Physician-to-the-Stars
Scott Johnson, Ph.D. 1973 First minority President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Saara Kuugongelwa 1994 Namibian politician
Robert Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson 1924 Physician, Educator, Tennis Instructor (including tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe)
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
Thurgood Marshall, Jr. 1930 First African-American Supreme Court Justice
Thomas E. Miller 1872 South Carolina Congressman, and 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 One of the leaders of the Black Arts Movement in the sixties.
Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. 1921 First African American elected to Congress from Pennsylvania
Sibusio Nkomo 1981 Chairperson, National Policy Institute of the Republic of South Africa
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
Fayette Pinkney 1984 singer, One of the original members of the singing group, The Three Degrees
Hildrus Poindexter 1924 Bacteriologist; head of Howard University Medical School in 1934
Charles L. Preston, Jr. 1950 First African American U.S. Postal Inspector
Dr. Joseph Charles Price 1879 Founder of Livingstone College
Brigadier General Harold E. Pierce 1942 internationally renowned African-American Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon
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
Charles Spaulding 1978 First Black Chief Fire Marshal, Stamford, CT
Francis Cecil Sumner 1915 Father of Black psychology, He is the first African American to receive a Ph.D in psychology
Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz 1949 Professor of Mathematics, Chairman of the Mathermatics and Computer Science Department at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) from 1998 to 2000
Wilbert “Bill” Tatum 1958 Publisher Emeritus of The New York Amsterdam News
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, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Bruce M. Wright 1942 Judge in New York and Connecticut, author of “Black Robes, White Justice”