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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Johnson C. Smith University and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Rasheed Wallace and John Taylor.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Johnson C. Smith University?” and “Which celebrities are Johnson C. Smith University alumni?”

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Avon Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician
Avon N. Williams, Jr. was a Tennessee State Senator from 1972 to 1992.

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Basketball player
Rasheed Abdul "Sheed" Wallace is a retired American professional basketball forward who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, ...more

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Don Pullen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Pianist
Don Gabriel Pullen was an American jazz pianist and organist. Pullen developed a strikingly individual style throughout his career. He composed pieces ranging from blues to bebop and modern ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Jockey, Horse trainer
John H. Adams was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1965. Born in Carlisle, Arkansas, John Adams was nicknamed ...more

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Eva M. Clayton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician
Eva M. Clayton is a politician from the state of North Carolina. On taking her seat in the United States House of Representatives following a special election in 1992, Clayton became the first ...more

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Gary Siplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Gary Anthony Siplin was a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the 19th District since 2003. Previously he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 through ...more

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Earl Manigault is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Basketball player
Earl "The Goat" Manigault is the fictional representation of the basketball player Earl Manigault in media.

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Gregory Clifton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Gregory Clifton American football player
Gregory T. Clifton is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Johnson C. Smith University and the ...more

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Frederick C. Branch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Frederick Clinton Branch was the first African-American officer of the United States Marine Corps.

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Leford Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Leford Green Track and field athlete
Leford Green is a Jamaican track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metre hurdles and 400 metres. He is an alumnus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
American football player
John Gregory Taylor is a former American football wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. Taylor attended Pennsauken High School and was one of six NFL players to come from PHS during the ...more

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Charlie Smith Dannelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Charlie Smith Dannelly
Charlie Smith Dannelly is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-eighth Senate district since 1995. His district includes constituents in ...more

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Robert F. Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Robert F. Williams Writer
Robert Franklin Williams was an American civil rights leader and author, best known for serving as president of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s and early 1960s. At a ...more

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Edward R. Dudley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Edward Richard Dudley was the first African-American to hold the rank of Ambassador of the United States, serving as Ambassador to Liberia from 1949 to 1953.

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Grover Covington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Grover Covington
Grover Covington is a former Canadian Football League defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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Marvin Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Marvin Scott Politician, Professor
Marvin Bailey Scott is an American politician in Indianapolis, Indiana, and unsuccessful 2010 Republican candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th ...more

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Pettis Norman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Pettis Norman American football player
Pettis Burch Norman born January 4, 1939 in Lincolnton, Georgia is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego ...more

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Clarence F. Stephens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Mathematician
Clarence F. Stephens was the ninth African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He is credited with inspiring students and faculty at SUNY Potsdam to form the most successful United ...more

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Richard Erwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Richard Erwin Judge, Politician
Richard Cannon Erwin was a United States federal judge and politician who was the first African American to be elected to statewide office in North Carolina.

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Fred Neal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Fred Neal
Fred "Curly" Neal is an American basketball player best known for his career with the Harlem Globetrotters, instantly recognizable with his shaved head. Following in the footsteps of ...more

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Obie Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Obie Patterson Politician
Obie Patterson is an American politician who currently represents Prince George's County, District 8 within the Prince George's County Council, since December 6, 2010. He previously represented ...more

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Richard Lewis Spencer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Musician
Richard Lewis Spencer is an African-American musician and teacher. He played tenor saxophone in Otis Redding's band, behind Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions with The Winstons. He was awarded ...more

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Vincent Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Vincent Edward Matthews is an African American former sprinter, winner of two gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics and 1972 Summer Olympics. Matthews was one of the best African American long ...more

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Chet Grimsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Chet Grimsley
Chet L. Grimsley at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta Georgia is notably the first White American Student Athlete from the C.I.A.A. Chet Grimsley pledged, and subsequently became a member of ...more

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T.J. Cross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Comedian, Actor
TJ Cross is an actor.