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We honor our graduates and give a special shout-out to our HBCU family. Check out famous folks who represent historically black colleges and universities.

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1. Filmmaker Will Packer attended Florida A&M University

Filmmaker Will Packer attended Florida A&M University

2. Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu attended Grambling University. (Photo: AP)

3. Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Walker attended Spelman College. (Photo: Retna)

4. Common


Rapper and actor Common attended Florida A&M University. (Photo: AP)

5. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs attended Howard University (Photo: AP)

6. Jacque Reid

Jacque Reid

TJMS’ own Jacque Reid attended Clark Atlanta University.

7. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. attended Morehouse College (Photo: AP)

8. Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni attended Fisk University.

9. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey attended Tennessee State University (Photo: AP)

10. Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Spike Lee attended Morehouse College (Photo: Retna)

11. Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson attended Howard University (Photo: Retna)

12. Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes attended Hampton University (Photo: PRPhotos)

13. Wendy Raquel Robinson

Wendy Raquel Robinson

Wendy Raquel Robinson attended Howard University.

14. Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams

Gospel great Yolanda Adams attended Tennessee State. (Photo: AP)

15. Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner

Radio legend Tom Joyner attended Tuskeegee University. (Photo: Rance Elgin)

16. Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Keshia Knight-Pulliam attended Spelman College. (Photo: AP)

17. Lance Gross

Lance Gross

Lance Gross attended Howard University. (Photo: Albert Michael)

18. Shaun Robinson

Shaun Robinson

Shaun Robinson attended Spelman College. (Photo: AP)

19. Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is a graduate of

Lincoln University and Howard University College of Law. (Photo: AP)

20. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Actor and civil rights advocate Samuel L. Jackson attended Morehouse and was a cheerleader. That’s right, a cheerleader. He stated during an interview “”I got to travel to other historically black colleges; I was hanging out with the basketball and football teams, meeting girls… For the guy who was the cheerleader, all of a sudden it was like, ‘You’re in charge.’” (Photo: AP)

21. LaTanya Richardson

LaTanya Richardson

Veteran stage and screen actress LaTanya Richardson launched her illustrious career at Spelman College. She also met her future husband, Samuel L. Jackson while in college. She received her bachelor of arts degree in drama in 1974. Pictured with husband Samuel and their daughter Zoe. (Photo: AP)

22. Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Recognized as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time as well as a darn good ballroom dancer, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, attended Mississippi Valley State. (Photo: AP)