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Famous Jackson State University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 25.6k views95 items

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

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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  • 1
    Businessperson, Television producer

    Age84

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has...  more

    26 Facts You Didn't Know About Morgan Freeman#7 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#3 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • 2
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 45 (1954-1999)

    BirthplaceColumbia, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Payton was...  more

    #382 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#508 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#13 of 1,341 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 3
    American football player

    Age53

    BirthplaceGunnison, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tim Andre Barnett (born April 19, 1968 in Gunnison, Mississippi) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football...  more
  • 4
    Politician

    Age73

    BirthplaceBolton, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Bennie Gordon Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district since 1993. A member of the Democratic Party,...  more
  • 5

    Age73

    BirthplaceHollandale, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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....  more
  • 6
    Politician

    Age88

    BirthplaceMonticello, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Roderick Raynor Paige (born June 17, 1933) 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
  • 7
    James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the...  more
  • 8
    Basketball player

    Age50

    BirthplaceUtica, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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, spending ...  more
  • 9
    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceAmite City, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Cletis Gordon (born April 23, 1983) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He played college...  more
  • 10
    American football player

    Age73

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard C. Caster (born October 16, 1948) is a former American football wide receiver and tight end who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), mainly for the New York Jets. He...  more
  • 11
    Politician

    Age56

    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Erik Robert Fleming (born February 2, 1965) is an American politician who was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District (which includes parts of Hinds and...  more
  • 12
    Arranger, Record producer

    Age65

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an...  more

    #338 of 500 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#573 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#17 of 145 The Best Female Jazz Singers

  • 13
    Baseball player

    Age62

    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd (born October 6, 1959) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox (1982–89), Montreal Expos (1990–91), and Texas Rangers...  more
  • 14
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceCadiz, Kentucky

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lander McCoy Bacon (August 30, 1942 – December 22, 2008) was a professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his 14-year...  more
  • 15
    American football player

    Age52

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football at...  more
  • 16
    American football player

    Age57

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at...  more
  • 17
    Educator, Actor

    Age74

    BirthplaceGreenwood, Mississippi, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tonea Stewart (born February 3, 1947), also Tommie Stewart, is an American actress and university professor. She is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Alabama State University in...  more
  • 18
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 66 (1945-2011)

    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John L. Outlaw (born January 8, 1945) 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...  more
  • 19
    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceForest, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rashard Anderson (born June 14, 1977) 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 (23rd overall)...  more
  • 20
    American football player

    Age60

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Rogers Windham (born March 14, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at...  more
  • 21
    American football player

    Age76

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he played college football at Jackson State from 1964 to 1966. He was drafted...  more
  • 22
    Coach, American football player

    Age70

    BirthplaceColumbia, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Charles Payton Jr. (born August 3, 1951 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons in the NFL from 1977 to 1982 for the...  more
  • 23
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 49 (1951-2001)

    BirthplaceOlive Branch, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leon Gray (November 15, 1951 – November 11, 2001) was an American football tackle in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints. Gray played...  more
  • 24
    American football player

    Age67

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ricky Patton (born April 6, 1954) 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...  more
  • 25
    American football player

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leon Seals, Jr. (born January 30, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League.Seals played college football at Jackson State University...  more