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Famous Hampton University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Hampton University and be of some renown.

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

Items include everything from Wanda Sykes to Booker T. Washington and other famous Hampton Pirates!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hampton University?” and “Which celebrities are Hampton University alumni?”

Take a look at some of these Hampton University notable alumni!
  • 1

    Wanda Sykes

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia, USA


    Alternative NameWanda Sykes

    Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy...  more

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    #57 of 229 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#200 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 2

    Booker T. Washington

    Educator, Author

    AgeDec. at 59 (1856-1915)

    BirthplaceHale's Ford, Virginia


    Booker Taliaferro Washington (c. 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant...  more

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    Teddy Roosevelt Invited Booker T. Washington to The White House And America Lost Its Mind#383 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 3

    AgeDec. at 89 (1898-1987)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina


    Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – December 15, 1987) was a black American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role...  more
  • 4

    DJ Envy

    Record producer, Rapper


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    Raashaun Casey (born September 3, 1977) is an American disc jockey (DJ) and music producer better known by his professional name DJ Envy. He is 1 of the 3 hosts of the syndicated radio show The...  more

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    #207 of 232 The Best New York Rappers#26 of 45 Famous People Who Own Ferraris

  • 5

    Spencer Overton

    Commentator, Professor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan


    Spencer A. Overton (born August 11, 1968) is an American lawyer, President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and law professor at George Washington University Law School. He is...  more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 62 (1865-1927)

    BirthplaceWaynesboro city, Virginia


    William Henry Sheppard (March 8, 1865 – November 25, 1927) was one of the earliest African Americans to become a missionary for the Presbyterian Church. He spent 20 years in Africa, primarily in and...  more
  • 7


    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands


    Charles Wesley Turnbull (born February 5, 1935), was the sixth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands....  more
  • 8

    Spencer Christian

    TV Journalist


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America


    Spencer Christian (born July 23, 1947) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the former weather forecaster for ABC's Good Morning America from 1986 to 1998. He currently is the weather...  more
  • 9

    AgeDec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America


    Wyvetter H. Younge (August 23, 1930 – December 26, 2008) was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 114th District from 1975 until 2008. She served as the...  more
  • 10

    Rick Mahorn

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut


    Derrick Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player who played power forward and center. He is currently a radio analyst for the Detroit...  more
  • 11

    Brandon Mychal Smith

    Rapper, Comedian


    BirthplaceLong Island, New York, USA


    Alternative NameBrandon Smith

    Brandon Mychal Smith (born May 29, 1989) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and rapper. He is best known for playing Bug Wendal in Gridiron Gang, Li'l Danny Dawkins in Phil of the Future, Nico...  more
  • 12

    Robert Sengstacke Abbott

    Businessperson, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 70 (1870-1940)

    BirthplaceSt. Simons, Georgia


    Robert Sengstacke Abbott (November 24, 1870 – February 29, 1940) was an American lawyer, newspaper publisher and editor. Abbott founded The Chicago Defender in 1905, which grew to have the highest...  more
  • 13

    St. Clair Drake

    Sociologist, Professor

    AgeDec. at 79 (1911-1990)

    BirthplaceSuffolk, Virginia


    John Gibbs St. Clair Drake (January 2, 1911 – June 15, 1990) was an African-American sociologist and anthropologist whose scholarship and activism led him to document much of the social turmoil of...  more
  • 14

    Michael K. Fauntroy

    Political scientist



  • 15

    Elisabeth Omilami

    Actor, Pastor


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America


    Elisabeth Williams-Omilami (born February 18, 1951) is an American human rights activist and an actress....  more
  • 16


    BirthplaceDurham, North Carolina, United States of America


    Allyson Kay Duncan (born September 5, 1951, in Durham, North Carolina) is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was the Fourth...  more
  • 17

    Marcus Dixon

    American football player


    BirthplaceRome, Georgia


    Marcus Dwayne Dixon (born September 16, 1984) is an American football coach and a former defensive end who was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college...  more
  • 18

    Freeman A. Hrabowski III

    Freeman Alphonsa Hrabowski III (born August 13, 1950) is a prominent African American educator, advocate, and mathematician. In May 1992 he began his term as president of the University of Maryland,...  more
  • 19

    Charles Phillips



    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas


    Charles E. Phillips (born June 1959) is an American business executive in the tech industry. Since late 2010 he has been the CEO of Infor, a company that specializes in enterprise software...  more
  • 20


    BirthplaceUnited States of America


    Brandon Fobbs (born April 19, 1981) is an American actor. He had a recurring role on HBO television series The Wire as Fruit. He also appeared in Pride (2007) and This Christmas and The Devil's Tomb....  more
  • 21
    James Carter (born May 7, 1978) is an American athlete who competed in the 400 m hurdles. His personal best of 47.43 was set when winning the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. As of 2017,...  more
  • 22

    Devin Green

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio


    Devin Green (born October 25, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Atlético Echagüe of the Liga Nacional de Básquet. He played college basketball for Hampton....  more
  • 23

    Susan La Flesche Picotte


    AgeDec. at 50 (1865-1915)



    Susan LaFlesche Picotte (June 17, 1865 – September 18, 1915) was an Omaha Native American doctor and reformer in the late 19th century. She is widely acknowledged as the first Native American to earn...  more
  • 24

    Janie Porter Barrett


    AgeDec. at 83 (1865-1948)

    BirthplaceAthens, Georgia


    Janie Porter Barrett (née Porter) (August 9, 1865 – August 27, 1948) was an American social reformer, educator and welfare worker. She established the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, a...  more
  • 25

    Biff Henderson

    Comedian, Stage Manager


    BirthplaceDurham, North Carolina, United States of America


    James Jackson "Biff" Henderson, Jr. (born October 3, 1946) is an American comedian and television personality best known for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman. He was the show's stage...  more