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Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Southern University and A&M College and be of some renown.

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

This is a list that features graduates like Common and Lou Brock.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Southern University and A&M College?” and “Which celebrities are Southern University and A&M College alumni?”
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William J. Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Lake Providence, Louisiana, USA

William Jennings Jefferson (born March 14, 1947) is an American former politician from Louisiana whose career ended after his corruption scandal and conviction. He served as a member of the U.S. ...more
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Common is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Poet, Rapper, Musician

Age: 46

Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more

Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist. ...more

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The Best Common Songs #115 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #11 of 52 Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a DC Film

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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Bassist, Record producer, Television producer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Randall Darius Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. Jackson began his career in the 1980s as a session musician ...more

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Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 79

Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States of America

Louis Clark Brock (born June 18, 1939) is an American former professional baseball player. He began his 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career playing in 1961 for the Chicago Cubs, and spent ...more

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#141 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #87 of 117 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time #74 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

Age: 44

Birthplace: Jackson, USA, Mississippi

Lavell William Crump (born April 11, 1974), known professionally as David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, activist, and philanthropist.Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, ...more

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#89 of 102 The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes #41 of 107 The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi #26 of 144 The Best Southern Rappers of All Time

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Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Musician

Age: 58

Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, USA, Louisiana

Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also ...more

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#23 of 190 The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time #26 of 67 The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time #7 of 45 The Best Jazz Saxophonists in the World

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Jackie Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Jackie Mitchell

Age: 42

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Jackie Mitchell (born July 30, 1976 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a former American and Canadian football linebacker who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football ...more
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James Booker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Musician

Age: Dec. at 44 (1939-1983)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues keyboardist born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Booker's style combined rhythm and ...more

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#131 of 142 The Greatest Pianists of All Time #70 of 102 The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana

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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach

Age: 53

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Avery DeWitt Johnson (born March 25, 1965) is an American basketball coach who is the former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Johnson spent 16 years in the National ...more

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#355 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #68 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #23 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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Jay Blossman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Covington, St. Tammany Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Jack Arthur Blossman Jr., known as Jay Blossman (born October 3, 1964), is an attorney from Mandeville, Louisiana, who is a Republican former member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. ...more
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Murphy J. Foster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Politician

Age: 88

Birthplace: Franklin, Louisiana, United States of America

Murphy James "Mike" Foster Jr. (born July 11, 1930) served as the 53rd governor of Louisiana from January 1996 until January 2004. Foster is a businessman, landowner, and sportsman in ...more
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Kip Holden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Lawyer

Age: 66

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Melvin Lee Holden, known as Kip Holden (born August 12, 1952), is an American politician who served from 2005 to 2016 as the Democratic Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge ...more
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Cleo Fields is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Area code 225, East Baton Rouge Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Cleo C. Fields (born November 22, 1962) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party from the U.S. state of Louisiana. He represented Louisiana's 4th congressional ...more
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Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Vidalia, Georgia

Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is a former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, five-time Pro Bowler and a 1989 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.Blount is considered one of the best ...more

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#21 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #106 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #6 of 129 The Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time

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Fred Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Frederick Deshaun Lewis (born December 9, 1980) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He made his debut on September 1, 2006, with the San Francisco Giants. He is the cousin of ...more
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Rickie Weeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Altamonte Springs, Florida

Rickie Darnell Weeks Jr. (born September 13, 1982) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle ...more
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Sherian Cadoria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Sherian Cadoria

Age: 76

Birthplace: Marksville, Louisiana

Sherian Grace Cadoria (born January 26, 1943 in Marksville, Louisiana) is a retired United States Army officer and the first African-American female to achieve General rank in the Army. She was ...more
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Rick Gallot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 53

Richard Joseph Gallot, Jr., known as Rick Gallot (born April 1966), is the current president of Grambling State University and was a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District ...more
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Kidd Jordan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Kidd Jordan Musician

Age: 83

Birthplace: Crowley, Louisiana

Edward "Kidd" Jordan (born May 5, 1935) is an American jazz saxophonist and music educator from New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing a music degree at Southern University in Baton ...more
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Marvin Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Marvin Davis Businessperson, Philanthropist

Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Marvin H. Davis (August 31, 1925 – September 25, 2004) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He made his fortunes as the chairman of Davis Petroleum and at one time owned 20th ...more
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Calvin Magee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Calvin Magee (born April 23, 1963) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1985 to 1988. He is currently the ...more
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Maurice Hurst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
Maurice Hurst American football player

Age: 48

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Maurice Hurst may refer to: Maurice Hurst (cornerback) (born 1967), former American football player Maurice Hurst Jr. (born 1995), American football player Maurice Hurst (architect) (1929–2003), ...more
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Cleveland Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
American football player

Age: 61

Birthplace: Bolton, Mississippi

Cleveland Green is a former offensive tackle who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins. He started in Super Bowl XIX.
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James Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
James Davis American football player

Age: 61

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

James Steven Davis (born June 12, 1957 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football cornerback with the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League. He attended Southern ...more
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Perry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Southern University And A&M College Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 56 (1954-2010)

Birthplace: Bogalusa, Louisiana

Perry Brooks (December 4, 1954 – March 1, 2010) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at ...more