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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Kentucky State University and be of some renown.

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

This list below has everything from Elmore Smith to George C. Wolfe.

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

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George C. Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
George C. Wolfe Television director, Theatre Director, Screenwriter George Costello Wolfe is an American playwright and director of theater and film. He won a Tony Award in 1993 for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony Award in ...more

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Billy Ray Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Billy Ray Bates Basketball player Billy Ray Bates is a retired American professional basketball player. Bates played shooting guard at McAdams High in Mississippi and attended Kentucky State University. Bates played four seasons ...more

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Whitney Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Whitney Young Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was an American civil rights leader. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from ...more

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Tom Colbert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Tom Colbert Judge Tom Colbert is the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Court's 6 seat in 2004, by Governor Brad Henry and is the first African-American to serve on the court. He ...more

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Moneta Sleet, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Moneta Sleet, Jr. Photojournalist, Photographer Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Dr. King's funeral. Sleet is the first ...more

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Cletidus Hunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Cletidus Hunt American football player Cletidus Marquell Hunt is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League and the Arena Football League.

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Effie Waller Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Effie Waller Smith Writer Effie Waller Smith was an African-American poet of the early twentieth century. Her published output consisted of three volumes of poetry: Songs Of the Month, Rhymes From the Cumberland, and ...more

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Elmore Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Elmore Smith Basketball player Elmore Smith is a retired American professional basketball player born in Macon, Georgia. A 7'0" center from Kentucky State University, he played in the National Basketball Association from ...more

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Gerald Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Gerald Neal Lawyer Gerald Anthony Neal is a Democratic Party member of the Kentucky Senate, representing District 33 since 1988.

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Herb Trawick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Herb Trawick Herb Trawick was a professional Canadian football player and was the first African American to play professional Canadian football. Trawick spent his entire 12-year career as an offensive ...more

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Rod Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Rod Hill American football player Rodrick Hill is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions, and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his NFL ...more

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Travis Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Travis Grant Travis Grant is a retired American professional basketball player. He is most known for being the all-time leading scorer in men's NCAA college basketball history while at Kentucky State ...more

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Devin Wyman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Devin Wyman American football player Devin Edward Wyman is a former American football player. On March 30, 2015, he was named head coach for the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football league.

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Jayjay Helterbrand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Jayjay Helterbrand Anthony Helterbrand, better known as Jayjay Helterbrand, is a Filipino-American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Known by ...more

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Joe Kendall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Joe Kendall Joseph Nathaniel Kendall was an American football player. Nicknamed "Tarzan" for his athletic prowess, Kendall dominated black college football in the 1930s while leading Kentucky ...more

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Joseph G. Kendall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Joseph G. Kendall Joseph Gowing Kendall was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, son of Jonas Kendall. Born in Leominster, Massachusetts, Kendall pursued classical studies. He graduated from Harvard ...more

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Alice Allison Dunnigan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Alice Allison Dunnigan Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan was an African-American journalist, civil rights activist and author. She was the first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, and the ...more

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Yingluck Shinawatra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Yingluck Shinawatra Businessperson, Politician Yingluck Shinawatra, nicknamed Pu, is a Thai businesswoman and politician, a member of the Pheu Thai Party who became the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2011 general election. ...more

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Greg Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Greg Carter Greg Carter is an American football coach and former collegiate and professional baseball player. He is currently the head coach of the Oak Park High School Knights in Oak Park, Michigan in ...more

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Council Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Council Rudolph Council Rudolph, Jr. is a former professional American football player.

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Anna Mac Clarke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Anna Mac Clarke Anna Mac Clarke from Kentucky joined the Women's Army Corps of the US Army in 1942. She became the first African American women to be a commanding officer of an otherwise all White regiment, so ...more

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Audrey Grevious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Audrey Grevious Audrey Ross Grevious, born Audrey Louise Ross in Lexington, Kentucky, became one of the central leaders in the local civil rights movement in Lexington and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Davey Whitney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Davey Whitney Coach Davey 'Wiz' Whitney is an American college basketball coach and the former head college basketball coach at Texas Southern University from 1964 to 1969 and Alcorn State University from 1969 to ...more

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Frank Simpson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Frank Simpson Frank William Simpson was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Oregon from 1898 to 1899 and at the University of California, Berkeley in 1901, ...more

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Chris Avery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Chris Avery Chris Avery is a former arena football fullback / linebacker in the Arena Football League. He played college football at Kentucky State. In his career, Avery has played for the Norfolk ...more

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Ellis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Ellis Wilson Ellis Wilson was an African-American artist.

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Luska Twyman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Luska Twyman Luska J. Twyman was a Kentucky politician and World War II veteran. Born in Hiseville, Kentucky in 1913, Twyman became Kentucky's first African American mayor in 1968 when he became mayor of ...more

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Michael Bernard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Michael Bernard Michael "Mike" Bernard is an American assistant men's college basketball coach at Delaware State University. He has spent four seasons as an assistant on the coaching staff of head ...more

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Sam Sibert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Sam Sibert Sam L. Sibert is a retired American professional basketball player. He was born in McCormick, South Carolina and went to Crane High School in Chicago, Illinois. He played one single season in ...more

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Ezzrett Anderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Kentucky State University Alumni
Ezzrett Anderson Actor, Footballer Ezzrett "Sugarfoot" Anderson is a former all-star Canadian Football League player.