Famous African-American Foster Alumni

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I originally wrote this article for the adopt.org blog in celebration of Black History Month 2015.

During Black History Month and throughout the year, we must not forget African-American foster youth, who represent an inordinate percentage of the 400,000 children who pass through the U.S. child welfare system each year.

The foster care community is in dire need of African-American foster parents willing to support children of color in realizing their potential and promise. By acting as mentors, becoming foster parents and adopting children in need, we greatly decrease a child’s odds of becoming incarcerated or homeless as adults. To learn more about how you can help, visit http://adopt.org.

Children in foster care have the same potential, goals and dreams of the rest of us. They find themselves in foster care due to no fault of their own. To remember this, let’s celebrate the resilient spirits of these African-American leaders who overcame the challenges of living in the foster care system:


• Daunte Culpepper, former NFL football quarterback

• Anthony "Cos" DiCosmo, member of New Jersey “Hitmen” and XML team

• Tommy Davidson, comedian, film and television actor

• Eriq La Salle, actor, director, writer and producer known for his portrayal of Dr. Peter Benton in the NBC drama series ER

• Regina Louise, author of “Somebody’s Someone,” child advocate, and motivational speaker

• Malcolm X, Muslim minister and human rights activist

• Tracy Lauren Marrow (a.k.a. Ice-T), rapper, singer, and actor

• Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels, musician, founding member of Run DMC and pioneer of hip hop culture

• Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr., retired professional basketball player

• Eddie Murphy, comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director

• Daniel Dion "Dan" O'Brien, Olympic gold medalist decathlete

• Michael Oher, NFL football offensive tackle. The Academy Award-winning 2009 film “The Blind Side” is based on his story

• Victoria Rowell, actress, writer, producer and dancer

• Carl Hancock Rux, poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, essayist, Bessie Award and OBIE Award winning theater/performance artist

• Charles A. Williams III (a.k.a. Dr. Chuck), writer, lecturer, radio host and community activist


Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent. Learn more

Become a CASA volunteer. Learn more

Become a Big Brother/Big Sister. Learn more

Sources: Fosteringchange.org and Fosterclub.org

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