Famous South Carolina State University Alumni

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

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

These graduates, like Deacon Jones and Harry Carson include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to South Carolina State University?” and “Which celebrities are South Carolina State University alumni?”
  • 1
    Biologist, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 58 (1883-1941)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of  ...more
  • 2
    Journalist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMaryborough, Australia

    Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams AO FAHA FRSA (born 12 July 1939) is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts Late Night Live, an Australian  ...more
  • 3
    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1938-2013)

    BirthplaceEatonville, Florida, United States of America

    David D. "Deacon" Jones (December 9, 1938 – June 3, 2013) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington  ...more

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  • 4
    American football player


    BirthplaceUSA, Florence, South Carolina

    Harry Donald Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).  ...more

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  • 5

    AgeDec. at 89 (1894-1984)

    BirthplaceNinety Six, South Carolina

    Benjamin Elijah Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984) was an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights Movement.  ...more
  • 6


    BirthplaceSumter, South Carolina, United States of America

    James Enos Clyburn (; born July 21, 1940) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as House Majority Whip since 2019. He is a two-time Majority Whip, having previously served in the  ...more
  • 7
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 79 (1920-1999)

    BirthplaceLeesburg, Georgia

    Marion Motley (June 5, 1920 – June 27, 1999) was an American football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football  ...more

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  • 8
    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceMarion, South Carolina, USA

    Armstrong Williams (born February 5, 1962) is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author, and talk show host. Williams writes a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, has  ...more
  • 9


    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. (born June 13, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master  ...more
  • 10

    Henry Doctor, Jr.

    Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. (August 23, 1932 – December 7, 2007) was the Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army, based in South Korea. His last assignment was as  ...more
  • 11

    Donovan Richard

    American football player


    BirthplaceGeorgetown, South Carolina

    Donovan Richard is an American football linebacker.
  • 12
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 40 (1970-2011)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Orlando Claude Brown Sr. (December 12, 1970 – September 23, 2011) was an American football player who played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He attended  ...more

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  • 13

    Amos M. Gailliard Jr.



    Amos Gailliard (September 26, 1928 – April 8, 2014) was the son of famed musician and trombone player, Amos Gailliard. As a member of the United States military, he rose from the rank of private to  ...more
  • 14
    Baseball player


    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, USA

    Willie Mays Aikens (born October 14, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He had established himself as one of the top sluggers in the game before drugs derailed his career. In  ...more
  • 15
    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina

    Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known  ...more
  • 16
    American football player


    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    Robert Porcher (; born July 30, 1969) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University. He played for the Detroit Lions  ...more
  • 17

    William Judson

    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    William Thadius Judson, Sr. (born March 26, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins. His son,  ...more
  • 18
    American football player


    BirthplaceBennettsville, South Carolina

    Anthony Andrew Cook (born May 30, 1972 in Bennettsville, South Carolina) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Houston  ...more
  • 19

    Willie Holman

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 57 (1945-2002)

    BirthplaceSt. Matthews, South Carolina

    Willie Joseph Holman (February 27, 1945 – April 21, 2002) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. He played college  ...more
  • 20
    American football player


    BirthplaceLincolnton, Georgia

    Barney Bussey (born May 20, 1962) is a former American football safety. Bussey was born in Lincolnton, Georgia. He attended high school at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton where he was a  ...more
  • 21
    American football player


    BirthplaceAiken, South Carolina

    Barney Lewis Chavous (born March 22, 1951) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the second round (36th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft  ...more
  • 22
    American football player


    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    John Rally Gilliam (born August 7, 1945) is a former American football wide receiver. He has owned a number of businesses, and for two years he worked for a radio station in Atlanta. He has made his  ...more
  • 23

    Charlie Brown

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Charles Brown (born October 29, 1958) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons for the Washington Redskins (and helped win Super  ...more
  • 24
    American football player


    BirthplaceNorth, South Carolina

    Chartric "Chuck" Terrell Darby (; born October 22, 1975) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played  ...more
  • 25

    Donnie Shell

    American football player


    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Donnie Shell (born August 26, 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. Shell was a member of the Steelers  ...more

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