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Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni

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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

Age: Dec. at 72 (1921-1993)

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Avon N. Williams, Jr. (1921 – 1994) 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

Age: 44

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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

Age: Dec. at 54 (1941-1995)

Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia

Don Gabriel Pullen (December 25, 1941 – April 22, 1995) was an American jazz pianist and organist. Pullen developed a strikingly individual style throughout his career. He composed pieces ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Jockey, Horse trainer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: Carlyle Township, Illinois

John H. Adams (September 1, 1914 – August 19, 1995) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1965. Born in ...more
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Eva M. Clayton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician

Age: 84

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America

Eva McPherson Clayton (born September 16, 1934) is an American politician from North Carolina. On taking her seat in the United States House of Representatives following a special election in ...more
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Gary Siplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Gary Anthony Siplin (born October 21, 1954 .in Orlando, Florida) was a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the 19th District from 2003. Previously he was a member of the ...more
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Earl Manigault is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: Dec. at 54 (1944-1998)

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Earl Manigault (September 7, 1944 – May 15, 1998) was an American street basketball player who was nicknamed "The Goat."
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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

Age: 51

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Gregory T. Clifton (born February 6, 1968 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college ...more
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Frederick C. Branch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 83 (1922-2005)

Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina

Frederick Clinton Branch (May 31, 1922 – April 10, 2005) 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

Age: 32

Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica

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
John Taylor American football player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

John Gregory Taylor (born March 31, 1962) 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 ...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

Age: 54

Charlie Smith Dannelly was 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

Age: Dec. at 71 (1925-1996)

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina

Robert Franklin Williams (February 26, 1925 – October 15, 1996) was an American civil rights leader and author best known for serving as president of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the ...more
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Edward R. Dudley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Edward R. Dudley Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 94 (1911-2005)

Birthplace: South Boston, Virginia, United States of America

Edward Richard Dudley (March 11, 1911 – February 10, 2005) was a lawyer, judge, civil rights activist and the first African-American to hold the rank of Ambassador of the United States, serving ...more
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Grover Covington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Grover Covington

Age: 62

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina

Grover Covington (born March 25, 1956) 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

Age: 74

Marvin Bailey Scott (born March 10, 1944) is an American politician and university professor in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a nationally known figure for his involvement in school desegregation ...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

Age: 76

Birthplace: Lincolnton, Georgia

Pettis Burch Norman (born January 4, 1939) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers. He played ...more
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Clarence F. Stephens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Mathematician

Age: 101

Clarence Francis Stephens (July 24, 1917 – March 5, 2018) was the ninth African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He is credited with inspiring students and faculty at SUNY Potsdam to ...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

Age: Dec. at 83 (1923-2006)

Richard Cannon Erwin (August 23, 1923 – November 7, 2006) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and politician who was ...more
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Fred Neal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Fred Neal

Age: 76

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Fred "Curly" Neal (May 19, 1942 - March 26, 2020) was an American former basketball player best known for his career with the Harlem Globetrotters, instantly recognizable with his ...more
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Obie Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni
Obie Patterson Politician

Age: 80

Birthplace: Lancaster, South Carolina

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

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Vincent Matthews may refer to: Vincent Matthews (athlete) (born 1947), American Olympian Vincent Matthews (footballer) (1896–1950), England international footballer Vince Matthews, former ...more
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Chet Grimsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni

Age: 62

Chet L. Grimsley (born July 14, 1956) is notably the first White-American Student Athlete from the C.I.A.A. Grimsley pledged, and subsequently became a member of Groove Phi Groove Social ...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.