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Do you know all of the graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are running the world (literally) today? Just because they’re making significant moves and dominating their respective fields doesn’t mean that they have forgotten where they came from. These HBCU graduates are still glad to represent their alma maters, and most of them are still giving back to those same schools.

You may recognize some of the more famous names, but actors and other entertainment celebrities aren’t the only world influencers on this list. From the influential people running Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart to Pulitzer Prize winners, HBCUs have some very distinguished alumni among their ranks.

So whether you’re an HBCU graduate, student or enthusiast, read on to get inspired by these famous alumni. If we’ve missed any of the famous alumni from your favorite HBCU, let us know in the comments. There were just too many to list here!

Rosalind Brewer

Spelman graduate Rosalind Brewer is the President and CEO of Sam’s Club, and the first African-American to fill the role. She completed her undergraduate education with a degree in chemistry.

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