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Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    Avon Williams


    AgeDec. at 72 (1921-1993)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Avon N. Williams, Jr. (1921 – 1994) was a Tennessee State Senator from 1972 to 1992....  more
  • 2

    Rasheed Wallace

    Basketball player


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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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  • 3

    Don Pullen

    Record producer, Jazz Pianist

    AgeDec. at 54 (1941-1995)

    BirthplaceRoanoke, 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 ranging...  more
  • 4

    John Adams

    Jockey, Horse trainer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1914-1995)

    BirthplaceCarlyle 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 Carlisle,...  more
  • 5

    Eva M. Clayton



    BirthplaceSavannah, 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 1992,...  more
  • 6

    Gary Siplin

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceOrlando, 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 Florida...  more
  • 7

    Earl Manigault

    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 54 (1944-1998)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Earl Manigault (September 7, 1944 – May 15, 1998) was an American street basketball player who was nicknamed "The Goat."...  more
  • 8

    Gregory Clifton

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharlotte, 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
  • 9
    Frederick Clinton Branch (May 31, 1922 – April 10, 2005) was the first African-American officer of the United States Marine Corps....  more
  • 10

    Leford Green

    Track and field athlete


    BirthplaceSaint 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....  more
  • 11

    John Taylor

    American football player


    BirthplacePennsauken 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 from...  more


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  • 12

    Charlie Smith Dannelly

    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
  • 13

    Robert F. Williams


    AgeDec. at 71 (1925-1996)

    BirthplaceMonroe, 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 NAACP...  more
  • 14

    Edward R. Dudley

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 94 (1911-2005)

    BirthplaceSouth 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 as...  more
  • 15

    Grover Covington

    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....  more
  • 16

    Marvin Scott

    Politician, Professor


    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
  • 17

    Pettis Norman

    American football player


    BirthplaceLincolnton, 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 college...  more
  • 18


    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 form...  more
  • 19

    Richard Erwin

    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. 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 the...  more
  • 20

    Fred Neal

    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 shaved head....  more
  • 21

    Obie Patterson



    BirthplaceLancaster, 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
  • 22
    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 the...  more
  • 23
    Vincent Matthews may refer to: Vincent Matthews (athlete) (born 1947), American Olympian Vincent Matthews (footballer) (1896–1950), England international footballer Vince Matthews, former vocalist...  more
  • 24
    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 Fellowship...  more
  • 25

    T.J. Cross

    Comedian, Actor
    TJ Cross is an actor....  more