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.
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.
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.
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.
Cynthia "Mother" Pratt
Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Founder and CEO of Craig Insurance Group, Durham NC. Owner, Smallcakes
CFO, Craig Insurance Group-Durham, NC Nationwide. Owner, Smallcakes (Cupcake Shop)
Bershawn D. "Batman" Jackson
An American athlete, who mainly competes in the 400 m hurdles, but also is a 400 m runner.
CEO of Invest Puerto Rico