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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

Jerome Preston Bates '75
Jerome Preston Bates '75

Theater, film and television actor, director and playwright.

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Robert Booker, '62
Robert Booker, '62

Civil-rights pioneer, historian, state legislator, nonprofit administrator, newspaper columnist, former City Council member

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George Curry, '70
George Curry, '70

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

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Dr. Michael Dyson, attend. late 70's
Dr. Michael Dyson, attend. late 70's

Author, radio host, and professor of Sociology at Georgetown University

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Hon. C. Virginia Fields, '67
Hon. C. Virginia Fields, '67

President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.; former President of the Borough of Manhattan, New York City

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Hon. Johnny L. Ford, '64
Hon. Johnny L. Ford, '64

First African-American elected as Mayor of Tuskegee, AL, individual and successive terms; State Rep. to Alabama Legislature

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Alonzo "Jake" Gaither, '27
Alonzo "Jake" Gaither, '27

Head football coach, 25 years, Florida A&M University; compiled 206-36-4 record

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Grady Jackson, attended mid-90's
Grady Jackson, attended mid-90's

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

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Vernon Jarrett, '41
Vernon Jarrett, '41

Journalist in newspaper, television and radio; influential commentator on race relations, politics, and African-American history.

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Lyman T. Johnson, '26
Lyman T. Johnson, '26

American educator; influential role model for racial desegregation in Kentucky

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Dr. Edith Irby Jones, '48
Dr. Edith Irby Jones, '48

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.

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Rev. Joseph Lowery, attended 40's
Rev. Joseph Lowery, attended 40's

Civil rights leader, social activist, minister; co-founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

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Fredrick McGhee, 1877
Fredrick McGhee, 1877

Civil rights activist; one of America’s first African American lawyers

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Rev. James F. Reese, '48
Rev. James F. Reese, '48

Pastor, civil rights activist, Presbyterian Church change agent; Chair, KC Board of Trustees, 2010-2017

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John E. Reinhardt, '39
John E. Reinhardt, '39

One of the first African-Americans to serve as an American Ambassador & appointed as Ambassador to Nigeria;

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Ralph Wiley, '75
Ralph Wiley, '75

Sports journalist, author; provocative essayist with particular observations and commentaries on race in America

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Palmer Williams, Jr., '85
Palmer Williams, Jr., '85

Actor, writer, singer and director

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