Many have walked through the gates of KC and its halls of learning. Through their accomplishments and lives, there are those who have made larger-than-life contributions and footprints in varying fields. Whether they spent a few semesters or completed their degrees @ KC, we embrace and acknowledge them, confident that their time "on the hill," contributed to a foundation for their ultimate successes.
Arts - civil rights - education - journalism
medicine - politics - religion - sports
Theater, film and television actor, director and playwright.
Civil-rights pioneer, historian, state legislator, nonprofit administrator, newspaper columnist, former City Council member
American journalist considered the "Dean of Black Press Columnists." Editor-in-chief, National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, Washington, D.C.; Chair, KC Board of Trustees, 2006-2010
Author, radio host, and professor of Sociology at Georgetown University
President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.; former President of the Borough of Manhattan, New York City
First African-American elected as Mayor of Tuskegee, AL, individual and successive terms; State Rep. to Alabama Legislature
Head football coach, 25 years, Florida A&M University; compiled 206-36-4 record
Former football defensive tackle; drafted by Oakland Raiders, sixth round of 1997 NFL Draft; also played for New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers
Journalist in newspaper, television and radio; influential commentator on race relations, politics, and African-American history.
American educator; influential role model for racial desegregation in Kentucky
First African-American admitted to, and graduate of, University of Arkansas' College of Medicine and first African-American elected as president of National Medical Assn.
Civil rights leader, social activist, minister; co-founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Civil rights activist; one of America’s first African American lawyers
Pastor, civil rights activist, Presbyterian Church change agent; Chair, KC Board of Trustees, 2010-2017
One of the first African-Americans to serve as an American Ambassador & appointed as Ambassador to Nigeria;
Sports journalist, author; provocative essayist with particular observations and commentaries on race in America
Actor, writer, singer and director