Lady Jaguars: 10 Famous Women Who Attended Spelman College

September 19, 2012  |  

Spelman College, a historically black women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia is the crème de la crème. With a host of illustrious alumni, Spelman has been ranked number one for five consecutive years on the list of top HBCUs. Here are a few famous ladies who have Spelman College listed on their resumes.

Alice Walker

Most of us know her as the author who wrote The Color Purple; but before fame,  she was awarded a scholarship to Spelman in 1961. During her tenure there, the author became an activist in Civil Rights movements in the state of Georgia. It is said that officials at the college weren’t supportive of her stance, and in 1963, she left Spelman for Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Keisha Knight Pulliam

The House of Payne actress graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001. While attending Spelman, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. In 2011, she founded Kamp Kizzy at Spelman College, as a means for empowering young girls.

Bernice King

The youngest child of the late Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice is an ordained  minister. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and passed the State Bar of Georgia. In 2007, she returned to Spelman to announce the “Be A King” scholarship in honor of her late mother, Coretta Scott King.

Shaun Robinson

Before she was giving us the scoop on our favorite celebrities, “Access Hollywood” correspondent Shaun Robinson graduated from Spelman in 1984. She has used her fame to help raise money for the college since graduating.

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Kathleen McGhee-Anderson

As a writer and producer behind shows like  Soul Food and Lincoln Heights, it was while attending Spelman that Kathleen realized her talent. Landing an interview with the Detroit Free Press newspaper, she worked there after graduating in 1972, before ditching a blossoming career in journalism to attend Columbia University and study film.

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Adrienne-Joi Johnson

“Momma, what you doing?” How can we ever forget Adrienne as the character of Juanita, the single mother of Jody in the movie Baby Boy? Before finding success as an actress in the ’90s, Adrienne graduated magna cum laude from Spelman in 1985. She attended classes during the day, while performing at night. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

LaTanya Richardson

You’ve seen the current ESPY awards producer and actress in the movie Fighting Temptations. LaTanya entered Spelman in 1971, and quickly joined the college’s theater. While attending Spelman, she met her future husband, Samuel L. Jackson (a Morehouse man). She graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in drama. She has since served on the college’s board of trustees. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in April of 2012.

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Esther Rolle

Famous for her roles in popular ’70s shows like Maude and Good Times, Esther attended Spelman in the early ’40s. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

Cassi Davis

Cassi Davis is another House of Payne actress who graduated from Spelman, although she originally dropped out— just one credit shy of graduation. She left college and began her career in entertainment, gaining credits in movies and shows such as School Daze and Living Single. Realizing the importance of education years later, the actress returned to Spelman in 2008 and completed her degree in November of that year.

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  • spelmanite12

    *spelman hand*

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  • gg

    Why they can’t put all the pics on a grid so we see all 10 at once! lol

  • It’s so wonderful to see African American females flourish in their respective endeavors. A special shout out to my soror, Sister Esther Rolle!

  • Carla

    I’m still waiting on the Sigma Gamma Rho Women you done skipped all the way to women who went to Spelman!

  • Candace

    Yep I’m excited to be among the number. May God forever bind!

  • so proud to among such a legacy of great and strong women! My SPELMAN SISTERS!!!

  • Huny

    Shouts to all my Spelman Sisters! There are so many more famous Spelmanites. Good list, though. I must mention Marian Wright Edelman, President Children’s Defense Fund (rec’d Juris Doctor from Yale Law). Christine King Farris, Martin’s sister, is an alumna and current staff member. So many great Spelman memories. Proud to be an alumna!

  • Sas

    I’m so proud to be in line with so many amazing women! Go my Spelman Sisters!

  • Ajokid

    Way to go my Spelman Sisters!!!