1. Maynard Jackson, first African-American mayor of Atlanta
2. Walt “Clyde” Frazier, NBA star and basketball hall of famer
Frazier graduated from Howard High School in 1963.
3. Eldrin Bell, former Atlanta police chief and Clayton County Commission chairman
4. Mildred McDaniel Singleton, a high jumper and the only U.S. woman to win a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in track and field
5. Lonnie King, student civil rights organizer who helped launch the Atlanta Student Movement
6. Vernon Jordan, adviser to President Bill Clinton and former president of the National Urban League
7. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader
King attended third through sixth grades, from 1936 to 1940, at the Howard school.
8. Herman Russell, real estate entrepreneur and first black member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
His company was involved in building major Atlanta projects such as the Georgia-Pacific headquarters, Philips Arena, Coca-Cola Headquarters and the Georgia Dome.
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