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Notable Black College Grads: Dartmouth, Depaul, Detroit, Dillard, Drew, Duke

December 5th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


Noted African American woman poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson was an 1892 gradauted of historically Black Dillard University.

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)


I am continuing to build the roster of Notable Black College Graduates. Today I have added prominent African American alums whose alma maters begin with the letter “D.” For more Notable Black College Graduates click on the menu bar (above), or follow THIS LINK… and if you know of any names that should be included on these list, please leave a message in the comments section, or email me at

Your Black on Campus blogger,

Ajuan Mance


Dartmouth College

  • Keith Boykin (Bachelors, 1987)
  • Aisha Tyler (Bachelor’s, Political Science with minor in Environmental Policy, 1992)
  • Shonda Rimes (Bachelor’s, 1991)
  • Brian J. White (Bachelor’s, Political Psychology, Theatre Arts)

DePaul University

  • Benjamin Hooks (J.D., 1948)

Detroit College of Law

  • Dennis Archer (J.D., 1970)

Dillard University

  • Ruth J. Simmons (B.A. 1967)
  • Alice Dunbar Nelson (B.A., 1892)

Drew University

  • Calvin O. Butts (Doctor of Ministry, Church and Public Policy)

Duke University

  • Benjamin Chavis (M.Div., 1980)
  • Bill Campbell (J.D., 1977)
  • Dahntay Jones (Bachelor’s, 2003)
  • Denise Majette (J.D., 1979)
  • Grant Hill (Bachelor’s, 1994)
  • Reggie Love (Bachelor of Arts, 2005)

Compiled and posted by Ajuan Mance


Posted in African American Students, African Americans, Black Colleges, Black History, Black Students, Higher Education, race

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