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

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Morgan Freeman and Walter Payton.

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

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as ...more

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Tim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Tim Andre Barnett is a former professional American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League.

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Norma Stitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Norma Stitz Pornographic actor
Annie Hawkins-Turner, better known by the pseudonym Norma Stitz, is a website entrepreneur and fetish model. Her stage name is a word-play on the phrase "enormous tits". Her breast ...more

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Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician
Bennie Gordon Thompson is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993, and the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2011. He is ...more

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Patricia Jessamy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Lawyer
Patricia Coats Jessamy is a former chief prosecutor for the City of Baltimore, Maryland She was appointed to head the Office of the State's Attorney in 1995 and won reelection three times.

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Rod Paige is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician
Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, moved from classroom teacher to college dean ...more

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James Meredith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
James Howard Meredith is an American Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the ...more

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Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Basketball player
Lindsey Benson Hunter, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2010, spending most of his career with ...more

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Cletis Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Cletis Gordon is a former American football cornerback. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Jackson State. Gordon has also ...more

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Rich Caster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Richard C. Caster is a former American football wide receiver and tight end who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the New York Jets. He was selected to the Pro ...more

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Erik R. Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Politician
Erik Robert Fleming was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District from 1999 to 2008. He was the Democratic nominee for one of the state's two U.S. ...more

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Cassandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter
Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable ...more

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Oil Can Boyd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Baseball player
Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers. He batted and threw ...more

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Coy Bacon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Lander McCoy Bacon was a professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his 14-year career. While quarterback sacks ...more

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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Bobby Curtis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Robert Waymon Curtis is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Savannah State University.

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Tonea Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Educator, Actor
Tonea Stewart is an American actress and university professor best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night. Stewart was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, ...more

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John Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
John L. Outlaw is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Boston/New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played in the American ...more

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Rashard Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Rashard Anderson is a former American football cornerback in the NFL who played for the Carolina Panthers. Anderson was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In his ...more

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David Windham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
David Windham American football player
David Rogers Windham is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Jackson State University and was drafted ...more

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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Lemuel Joseph "Lem" Barney is a former American football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Eddie Payton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Coach, American football player
Edward Payton is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons in the NFL from 1977 to 1982 for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and ...more

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Leon Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
American football player
Leon Gray was an American football tackle in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints. Gray played college football at Jackson State ...more

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Ricky Patton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Jackson State University Alumni
Ricky Patton American football player
Ricky Patton is a former professional American football player who played running back for five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers. He started in Super ...more