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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Alcorn State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Alcorn State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Alcorn State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Alcorn State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Alcorn State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Alcorn State University.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, like Michael Clarke Duncan and Steve McNair.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Alcorn State University?” and “Which celebrities are Alcorn State University alumni?”
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Medgar Evers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Social activist

Age: Dec. at 38 (1925-1963)

Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state's field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in ...more
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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

Age: Dec. at 28 (1947-1975)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Timothy Charles Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His music and style changed considerably through the years. Buckley ...more

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Bodyguard, Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), for which he was nominated for the ...more

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, United States of America

Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the ...more

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Alex Haley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a ...more

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Charles Evers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Charles Evers Politician

Age: 96

Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi

James Charles Evers (born September 11, 1922) is an American civil rights activist and former politician. Evers was known for his role in the civil rights movement along with his younger brother ...more
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Larry Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 61

Birthplace: Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Larry Smith (born January 18, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center from Alcorn State University, Smith spent 13 seasons (1980–1993) in the ...more
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Donald Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Donald Driver Actor, American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Donald Jerome Driver (born February 2, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver. After playing college football for Alcorn State University, Driver was picked by the Green Bay Packers ...more

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Iris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Bodybuilder

Age: 44

Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Iris Floyd Kyle (born August 22, 1974) is an American professional female bodybuilder. She is currently the most successful professional bodybuilder ever, female or male, with ten overall Ms. ...more
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Leslie Frazier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Coach, Athlete, American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi

Leslie Antonio Frazier (born April 3, 1959) is an American football coach and former cornerback who is the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills. He served as the head coach of the ...more

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Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Utica, Mississippi

Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2010, ...more
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Louis Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Louis Green American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Louis Edward Green (born September 23, 1979) is a former American football player. Green attended Jefferson County High School in Fayette, Mississippi and was a letterman in football. A ...more
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Katie G. Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni

Age: 86

Birthplace: Shaw, Mississippi, United States of America

Katie G. Dorsett is a former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twenty-eighth Senate district from 2003 to 2010. Her district included constituents ...more
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Vincent Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Prentiss, Mississippi, United States of America

E. Vincent Davis was a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 36th District during 2008 and 2009.Davis was appointed Chancery Judge for the 17th Chancery Court District ...more
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Jack Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Jack Phillips Sailor

Age: Dec. at 25 (1887-1912)

Birthplace: Godalming, United Kingdom

John George Phillips (11 April 1887 – 15 April 1912) was a British sailor and the senior wireless officer aboard the Titanic during its ill-fated maiden voyage in April 1912. On the final ...more
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Myrlie Evers-Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Myrlie Evers-Williams Civil rights activist

Age: 85

Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Myrlie Louise Evers–Williams (née Beasley; born March 17, 1933) is an American civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the 1963 murder ...more
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Jimmie Giles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 61

Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi

Jimmie Giles, Jr. (born November 8, 1954) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the third round of the 1977 NFL Draft. A 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), ...more
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Otis Wonsley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Otis Wonsley American football player

Age: 61

Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi

Otis Wonsley (born August 13, 1957) is a former American football running back who played for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alcorn ...more
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Roynell Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 58

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Roynell Young (born December 1, 1957) is a former professional American football safety and cornerback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles his entire National Football League (NFL) career, ...more
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Torrance Small is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Torrance Small American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Torrance Ramon Small (born September 4, 1970) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for ten seasons for the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis ...more
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Willie Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Willie Banks American football player

Age: Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi

Willie Green Banks (March 17, 1946 – June 1989) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and New England Patriots. ...more
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Larry Watkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Larry Watkins American football player

Age: 72

Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama

Lawrence Watkins (born October 5, 1946 in Bessemer, Alabama) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, ...more
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Lawrence Pillers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Lawrence Pillers American football player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Lawrence Pillers (born November 4, 1952) is a former American football defensive end who played for the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons in a ten-year career that ...more
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Dave Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
Dave Washington American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

David V. Washington (born September 12, 1948 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker who played for five teams in an eleven-year career that lasted from 1970 to 1980 in ...more
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Bob Penchion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Alcorn State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 69

Birthplace: Town Creek, Alabama

Robert Earl Penchion (born August 11, 1949 in Town Creek, Alabama) is a former professional American football player who played in five National Football League seasons from 1972 to 1976 for the ...more