Famous Langston University Alumni

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

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

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Jennifer Hudson and Chad Ochocinco.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Langston University?” and “Which celebrities are Langston University alumni?”
  • 1

    Jennifer Hudson

    Spokesperson, Actor


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. Hudson made her film  ...more

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  • 2

    Bessie Coleman


    AgeDec. at 34 (1892-1926)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an early American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot  ...more

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  • 3
    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Chad Johnson (born January 9, 1978), known from 2008–2012 as Chad Ochocinco, is a former American football wide receiver and current professional soccer player for Boca Raton FC. He played college  ...more

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  • 4

    Nancy Riley

    Politician, Teacher


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Nancy C. Riley (born June 20, 1958) represented Oklahoma State Senate District 37 which is located in Tulsa County and includes Bixby, Jenks, Lotsee, Tulsa and Sand Springs from 2000 to 2008. Riley  ...more
  • 5

    Thomas Henderson

    American football player


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson (born March 1, 1953) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Oilers, and Miami  ...more

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  • 6

    AgeDec. at 71 (1924-1995)

    BirthplaceChickasha, Oklahoma

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (February 8, 1924 - October 18, 1995) was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma. She applied for admission into the University of Oklahoma law school in order  ...more
  • 7

    Gerard Williams

    American football player


    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gerard Williams may refer to: Gerald Williams (artist) (born 1941) American visual artist Gerard Williams (American football) (born 1952), former American football cornerback Gerard Williams  ...more
  • 8

    Matthew Hatchette

    Actor, American football player


    BirthplaceUSA, Jefferson, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Matthew Hatchette (born May 1, 1974) is a former a professional American football player who played wide receiver for six regular seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Jets, and the  ...more
  • 9

    Ed Harrington

    Ed Harrington (February 8, 1941 – November 26, 2011) was a star defensive lineman in the Canadian Football League.Harrington played college football at Langston University and later with the Toronto  ...more
  • 10
    Musician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 97 (1895-1992)

    BirthplaceUSA, Coffeyville, Kansas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eva Jessye (January 20, 1895 — February 21, 1992) was an American conductor who was the first black woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor. She is notable as a  ...more
  • 11

    Robert DoQui

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 73 (1934-2008)

    BirthplaceStillwater, Oklahoma, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert DoQui (April 20, 1934 – February 9, 2008) was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He is best known for his roles as King George in the 1973 film Coffy, starring Pam Grier;  ...more
  • 12

    Marques Haynes

    Marques Haynes (March 10, 1926 – May 22, 2015) was an American professional basketball player and member of the Harlem Globetrotters, notable for his remarkable ability to dribble the ball and keep  ...more
  • 13

    Maxine Horner



    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    Maxine Horner was one of the first African American women to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate, serving from 1987 to 2005, along with Vicki Miles-LaGrange. Horner held the position of Democratic  ...more
  • 14

    Henry Ponder

    Henry Ponder (born 1928 in Wewoka, Oklahoma) is a U.S. educator. Ponder received his undergraduate, masters and doctorate degree from Langston University, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State  ...more
  • 15

    Clara Luper

    Clara Shepard Luper (born Clara Mae Shepard May 3, 1923 – June 8, 2011) was a civic leader, retired schoolteacher, and a pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. She is best known  ...more
  • 16

    Gene Howard

    Gene Howard (born December 22, 1946 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round  ...more
  • 17

    Ken Payne

    Ken Payne (October 6, 1950 – August 1, 2011) was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.  ...more
  • 18

    Mo Bassett

    Maurice LaFrancis Bassett (April 26, 1931 – May 24, 1991) was a professional American football player who played fullback for three seasons for the Cleveland Browns.  ...more
  • 19

    Ricco Wright

  • 20

    Ed Williams

    Edward Lee Williams is a former professional American football player who played running back for four seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  ...more
  • 21

    Nathan Hare

    Nathan Hare (born April 9, 1933) is an American sociologist, activist, academic, and psychologist. In 1968 he was the first person hired to coordinate a black studies program in the United States,  ...more
  • 22

    Michael C. Thompson

    Soldier, Police officer
    Michael C. Thompson is a United States General Officer and Oklahoma Army National Guard member who currently serves as The Adjutant General of Oklahoma. He is a Major General in the United States  ...more
  • 23

    The Delta Rhythm Boys

    The Delta Rhythm Boys were an American vocal group active for over 50 years from 1934 to 1987.  ...more