Morehouse alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Maynard Jackson, actor Samuel Jackson, Olympic Gold medalist Edwin Moses and filmmaker Spike Lee. Minister and Civil Rights Leader Dr. Joseph Lowery holds an honorary doctorated from Morehouse. Spellman College alumni include actresses Ester Rolle, Cassi Davis and Keisha Knight Pulliam.
Major Streets in West End Atlanta that surround Atlanta University Center are named for Atlanta University Center alumni (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.) and an honoree (Joseph Lowery Blvd.). Another boulevard in West End Atlanta is named for a former president of Morehouse College, Dr. Benjamin Mays.