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Famous Florida A&M University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Florida A&M University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Florida A&M University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Florida A&M University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Florida A&M University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Florida A&M 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 Florida A&M University.

This list is made up of a variety of graduates, including Common and Daniel Sunjata.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Florida A&M University?” and “Which celebrities are Florida A&M University alumni?”
  • 1


    Poet, Rapper


    BirthplaceSouth Side, Chicago

    Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist. Common...  more

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  • 2

    Althea Gibson

    Tennis player, Professional golfer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1927-2003)

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina, United States of America

    Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis. In...  more
  • 3

    Alcee Hastings

    Judge, Politician


    BirthplaceAltamonte Springs, Florida, United States of America

    Alcee Lamar Hastings (September 5, 1936 – April 6, 2021) was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 20th congressional district. The district includes most of the majority-black precincts in and...  more

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  • 4

    Kwame Kilpatrick

    Politician, Author


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as a Democratic Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. Kilpatrick resigned as...  more
  • 5

    Leroy Jenkins

    Composer, Jazz Violinist

    AgeDec. at 74 (1932-2007)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Leroy Jenkins (Chicago, March 11, 1932 – February 24, 2007, New York City) was an American composer and violinist/violist....  more
  • 6


    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, USA

    Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon; December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as Franco Rivera in the FX television...  more

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  • 7

    John W. Thompson



    BirthplaceFort Dix, New Hanover Township, New Jersey

    John Wendell Thompson (born April 24, 1949) is an American technology executive, serving as the current Chairman of Microsoft. He is a former chief executive of Virtual Instruments, a Vice-President...  more
  • 8

    Roy Wood, Jr.

    Comedian, Disc jockey


    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA

    Roy Wood Jr. (born December 11, 1978) is an American comedian and actor. He has served as a correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central since 2015. Wood was born in Birmingham, Alabama and...  more
  • 9

    Pam Oliver

    Journalist, TV Journalist


    Pamela Donielle Oliver (born March 10, 1961) is an American sportscaster known for her work on the sidelines for various National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) games....  more
  • 10

    Al Green

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Alexander N. Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has served in Congress as the Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district since 2005. The 9th...  more
  • 11

    Kendrick Meek

    Politician, Police officer


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    Kendrick Brett Meek (born September 6, 1966) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 17th congressional district from 2003 to 2011. He was the Democratic nominee in...  more
  • 12

    Casey Printers

    American football player


    BirthplaceDeSoto, Texas

    Casey J. Printers (born May 16, 1981) is a former professional American football, Canadian football and indoor football quarterback. Printers spent most of his professional career with the BC Lions...  more
  • 13

    Greg Coleman

    American football player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Gregory Jerome Coleman (born September 9, 1954 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a retired American football punter who had a 12-year career in the National Football League playing for the Cleveland...  more
  • 14

    Anika Noni Rose

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceBloomfield, Connecticut, United States of America

    Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress and singer known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as...  more
  • 15

    Meadowlark Lemon

    Basketball player, Actor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1932-2015)

    BirthplaceLexington, South Carolina, USA

    Meadow Lemon III (April 25, 1932 – December 27, 2015), known professionally as Meadowlark Lemon, was an American basketball player, actor, and Christian minister (ordained in 1986). From 1994, he...  more
  • 16

    Quinn Gray

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Quinn Fordham Gray, Sr. (born May 21, 1979) is a former American football quarterback who played for four seasons in the National Football League and one season each in the United Football League and...  more
  • 17

    Cannonball Adderley

    Saxophonist, Musician

    AgeDec. at 46 (1928-1975)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975) was an American jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.Adderley is remembered for his 1966 soul...  more
  • 18

    Carrie P. Meek



    BirthplaceTallahassee, Florida, United States of America

    Carrie Pittman Meek (born April 29, 1926) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Florida. She served in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, representing Florida's...  more
  • 19

    Vince Coleman

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Vincent Maurice Coleman (born September 22, 1961) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, best known for his years with the St. Louis Cardinals. Primarily a left fielder, Coleman...  more
  • 20

    Nate Newton

    American football player


    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

    Nathaniel Newton (born December 20, 1961) is a former American football guard in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys (1986–1998) and the Carolina Panthers (1999). He also...  more
  • 21

    Corrine Brown

    Politician, Professor


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    Corrine Brown (born November 11, 1946) is a former American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida from 1993 to 2017. She is a member of the Democratic...  more
  • 22

    Jamie Nails

    American football player


    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia

    Jamie Marcellus Nails (born June 3, 1977 in Baxley, Georgia) is a former American football guard of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 1997...  more
  • 23

    Bob Hayes

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 59 (1942-2002)

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Robert Lee "Bullet Bob" Hayes (December 20, 1942 – September 18, 2002) was an Olympic sprinter turned American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. An...  more

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  • 24

    Wally Williams

    American football player


    BirthplaceTallahassee, Florida

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  • 25

    Nat Adderley

    Musician, Trumpeter

    AgeDec. at 68 (1931-2000)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Nat Adderley (November 25, 1931 – January 2, 2000) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was the younger brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, whom he remained very close to in his...  more