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Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to North Carolina Central University and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Sam Jones and André Leon Talley.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to North Carolina Central University?” and “Which celebrities are North Carolina Central University alumni?”
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André Leon Talley... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
André Leon Talley Editor, Journalist, Writer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is an American fashion journalist, who is the former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. Talley has also served as international editor ...more

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Maynard Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1938-2003)

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas

Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. (March 23, 1938 – June 23, 2003) was an American politician and attorney from Georgia, a member of the Democratic Party, and elected in 1973 at the age of 35 as the ...more
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Ivan Dixon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Stunt Double, Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III (April 6, 1931 – March 16, 2008) was an American actor, director, and producer best known for his series role in the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes, for his role in the ...more
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Mickey Michaux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Insurance broker, Politician, Real Estate Broker

Age: 88

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina

Henry McKinley "Mickey" Michaux Jr. (born September 4, 1930) is an American civil rights activist and former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly, having ...more
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Eleanor Kinnaird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Librarian, Politician, Musician

Age: 87

Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

Eleanor G. 'Ellie' Kinnaird (born November 14, 1931) is a North Carolina politician who served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 23rd Senate ...more
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Ernie Barnes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Footballer, Writer, Artist

Age: Dec. at 71 (1938-2009)

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Ernest Eugene Barnes Jr. (July 15, 1938 – April 27, 2009) was an American artist, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement. He was also a professional football player, actor ...more
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Marvin W. Lucas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Teacher

Age: 77

Birthplace: Spring Lake, North Carolina

Marvin Willis Lucas, Jr. (born 1941) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's forty-second House district since 2001. His district includes ...more
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Mike Easley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

Michael Francis Easley (born March 23, 1950) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 72nd governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from January 2001 to January 2009. A member ...more
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Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Coach

Age: 83

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Herman Ike Boone (born October 28, 1935) is a former American high school football coach, most famous for coaching the 1971 T. C. Williams High School football team to a 13–0 season, state ...more
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Sunshine Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

Age: 44

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Sunshine Jocelyn Sian Anderson (born June 7, 1974) is a female American R&B and soul singer and songwriter.
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Eva M. Clayton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous North Carolina Central 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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Julius L. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Birthplace: Mount Gilead, North Carolina

Julius LeVonne Chambers (October 6, 1936 – August 2, 2013) was an American lawyer, civil rights leader and educator.
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Daniel T. Blue, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 69

Birthplace: North Carolina, United States of America

Daniel Terry Blue Jr. (born April 18, 1949) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, representing the state's 14th Senate district, and is the Senate minority leader.
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Ernie Warlick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Ernie Warlick American football player

Age: Died at 80 (1932-2012)

Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

Ernest "Ernie" "Big Hoss" Warlick (July 21, 1932 – November 24, 2012) was a tight end from North Carolina Central University who played American collegiate and Professional ...more
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Frank Ballance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Frank Ballance Politician, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Windsor, North Carolina, United States of America

Frank Winston Ballance Jr. (February 15, 1942 – February 22, 2019) was an American politician and attorney who was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to ...more
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G. K. Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Politician

Age: 71

Birthplace: Eastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, Wilson, United States of America, United States, + more

George Kenneth Butterfield Jr. (born April 27, 1947) is an American politician serving as a U.S. Representative, first elected to Congress in 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party. His ...more
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Clarence Lightner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Politician, Funeral director

Age: Dec. at 81 (1921-2002)

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Clarence Everett Lightner (August 15, 1921 – July 8, 2002) was an American politician and mortician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1973 to ...more
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Eddie Long is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Actor, Televangelist, Pastor

Age: 65

Birthplace: Huntersville, North Carolina, United States of America

Eddie Lee Long (May 12, 1953 – January 15, 2017) was an American pastor who served as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, ...more
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Greg Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Kenansville, North Carolina

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Thomas Stith, III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Politician
Thomas A. Stith III is a North Carolina political figure. Stith was a member of the city council of Durham, North Carolina from 1999 to 2007. More recently, he has served as Program Director for ...more
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Greg Pruitt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Greg Pruitt, Jr. American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

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9th Wonder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Record producer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Patrick Denard Douthit (born January 15, 1975), better known as 9th Wonder, is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Midway, North Carolina, U.S. He began ...more

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Phonte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Rapper, Singer

Age: 41

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Phonte Lyshod Coleman, better known mononymously as Phonte (born December 28, 1978), is an American rapper, formerly of the now defunct North Carolina trio Little Brother (revived in 2019 ...more

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Kim Coles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Kim LaShaunda Coles (born January 11, 1962) is an American actress, comedian and game show host. Coles is known for her roles as a cast member on In Living Color for the first season (1990-1991) ...more
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William Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni
American football player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Greenville, North Carolina

William Jasper Frizzell (born September 8, 1962 in Greenville, North Carolina) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia ...more