Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

1858 – 1964

An author and university President. Born a slave, the 4th black woman to earn a Ph.D.

Henry Beard Delany

1858 – 1928

The first African-American elected bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany

1889 – 1999

An American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years.

Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany

1891 – 1995

An American civil rights pioneer who was the subject of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years.

Dr. Selma Burke

1900 – 1995

Ph.D. and famed artist of bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Millie Dunn Veasey

1918 – 2018

An American veteran, who served from 1942 to 1945 in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC).

Dr. Lloyd Quarterman

1918 – 1982

Worked with Albert Einstein on Manhattan Project. Scholar and athlete.

Hannah Atkins

1923 – 2010

Was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1968 to 1980, and the first African-American woman elected to it.

Isaac "Ike" Thomas Lassiter

1940 – 2015

An American college and professional football defensive lineman.

Ralph Campbell Jr.

1946 – 2011

First black person to hold statewide elected office in NC as State Auditor.

Dr. Prezell R. Robinson

SAU President for 27 years. Raised over $35 million for SAU. Elected head of United Negro College Fund.

Justice James E. C. Perry

Class of 1966, Justice, Florida Supreme Court. Founder, Jackie Robinson Sports Association.

George Williams

Has coached SAU to 39 NCAA Division II national track & field champion-ships. 2004 US Olympic Head Coach Track & Field.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis Jr.

Class of 1969, an African-American civil rights leader. In his youth, Chavis was an assistant to Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired him to work in the civil rights movement.

Judge Constance B. Tobias

Chair, Department Appeals Board, US DHHS. Former Chief Law Judge, Board of Veterans Appeals.

Luther Barnes

Class of 1976, a record producer, director, songwriter, composer and lead singer of Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires and the Red Budd Gospel Choir.

Kevin "Coach K" Lee

The COO of Quality Control Music, based in Atlanta. 

Bershawn D. "Batman" Jackson

An American athlete, who mainly competes in the 400 m hurdles, but also is a 400 m runner.

Amber Craig

Founder and CEO of Craig Insurance Group, Durham NC. Owner, Smallcakes

Eve Craig

CFO, Craig Insurance Group-Durham, NC Nationwide. Owner, Smallcakes (Cupcake Shop)

Rodrick Miller

CEO of Invest Puerto Rico