Lincoln University has many notable alumni, including Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Langston HughesHildrus Poindexter, Horace Mann BondRoscoe Lee Browne, Robert L. Carter, Nnamdi AzikiweKwame 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 UniversityLivingstone CollegeAlbany State UniversityTexas 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.

NameClass YearNotability
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Ghanaian politician, member of the United Gold Coast Convention and The Big Six (Ghana)
Alexander Darnes1876Born into slavery, owned by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, became the second African-American physician in Florida
Walter G. Alexander1899first African American to serve in the New Jersey Legislature
Nnamdi Azikiwe1930First President of Nigeria
Harry W. Bass1888First African American elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1910
Phillip Banks III New York City, Chief of Police Department
A.A. Birch, Jr.1952First African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Donald Bogle1966Film Historian, Author, Educator
Horace Mann Bond1923Educator, scholar, first African-American and Alumnus to become President of Lincoln University
Oscar Brown, Jr.1940Singer, actor, playwright, director
Roscoe Lee Browne1946Actor, former 800-meters record holder
Maria Louisa Bustill Teacher and mother of Paul Robeson.
Cab Calloway1930Entertainer, Bandleader
Robert L. Carter1937General counsel of the NAACP, United States District Judge
Frank “Tick” Coleman1935Educator
Lillian E. Fishburne1971First African American woman promoted to the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
Christian Fleetwood1860Served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, earned the Medal of Honor
Archibald H. Grimke1870Lawyer, journalist, public speaker, member of the Niagara Movement
Francis J. Grimké1870Pastor 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 Holley1900Founder of Albany State University
Langston Hughes1929Poet
Roderick L. Ireland1966First 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 Kirkland2000former street basketball player from New York City, he played at Rucker Park in the 1970 and 1971 season is regarded as legendary
Brian Jackson1973Keyboardist, writer
Halvern H. Johnson M.D.1931Author, organizer and Physician-to-the-Stars
Scott Johnson, Ph.D.1973First minority President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Saara Kuugongelwa1994Namibian politician
Robert Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson1924Physician, Educator, Tennis Instructor (including tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe)
Robert Lee1941South 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.1930First African-American Supreme Court Justice
Thomas E. Miller1872South Carolina Congressman, and First President of South Carolina State University (1896-1911).
Joseph Miró1970politician, Member of the Delaware House of Representatives from the 22nd district
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr.1932NAACP lobbyist (“101st U.S. Senator”), civil rights leader
Aaron Albert Mossell1885Attorney, first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Nathan Francis Mossell1879Physician, first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Larry Neal1961One of the leaders of the Black Arts Movement in the sixties.
Robert N.C. Nix, Sr.1921First African American elected to Congress from Pennsylvania
Sibusio Nkomo1981Chairperson, National Policy Institute of the Republic of South Africa
Kwame Nkrumah1939First President of the modern Ghana
Sheila Y. Oliver1974First African American Woman Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
Barrington D. Parker, Sr.1936U.S. District Court Justice
Fayette Pinkney1984singer, One of the original members of the singing group, The Three Degrees
Hildrus Poindexter1924Bacteriologist; head of Howard University Medical School in 1934
Charles L. Preston, Jr.1950First African American U.S. Postal Inspector
Dr. Joseph Charles Price1879Founder of Livingstone College
Brigadier General Harold E. Pierce1942internationally renowned African-American Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon
William Drew Robeson I1876Minister, father of Paul Robeson
James H. Robinson1935Founder 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 Spaulding1978First Black Chief Fire Marshal, Stamford, CT
Francis Cecil Sumner1915Father of Black psychology, He is the first African American to receive a Ph.D in psychology
Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz1949Professor of Mathematics, Chairman of the Mathermatics and Computer Science Department at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) from 1998 to 2000
Wilbert “Bill” Tatum1958Publisher Emeritus of The New York Amsterdam News
Clive Terrelonge1994Olympic track and field athlete from Jamaica
Mose Penaani Tjitendero1968Namibian politician; former Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia ;Chairman, SWAPO Central Committee
Tjama Tjivikua1983Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia
Melvin B. Tolson1924Poet, Educator, Columnist, and Politician
James L. Usry1946First African American Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey
Joseph Cornelius Waddy1935Federal Judge
Herb J. Wesson Jr.1999Speaker of the California State Assembly
Albert H. Wheeler1936First African American Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Boyce Courtney Williams1974Vice President, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Bruce M. Wright1942Judge in New York and Connecticut, author of “Black Robes, White Justice”