Famous Talladega College Alumni

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Talladega College and be of some renown.

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

List features Eunice Walker Johnson, Nikky Finney and more.

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

    Arthur Shores

    Arthur Davis Shores (September 25, 1904 – December 16, 1996) was an American civil rights attorney who was considered Alabama's "drum major for justice".  ...more
  • 2

    Calvin C. Hernton


    AgeDec. at 69 (1932-2001)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Calvin Coolidge Hernton (April 28, 1932 — September 30, 2001) was an American sociologist, poet and author, particularly renowned for his 1965 study Sex and Racism in America, which has been  ...more
  • 3

    Margaret Bush Wilson


    AgeDec. at 90 (1919-2009)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Margaret Bush Wilson (January 30, 1919 – August 11, 2009) was an American activist. Wilson broke many barriers as an African-American woman throughout her professional career.  ...more
  • 4

    AgeDec. at 76 (1923-1999)

    BirthplaceLaGrange, Georgia, United States of America

    Wynona Moore Lipman (1923 – May 9, 1999) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented the 29th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate. Lipman became the first African-American  ...more
  • 5

    Herman H. Long

    Herman Hodge Long (May 2, 1912 – August 8, 1976) was an American college administrator and author of several pioneering studies dealing with race relations who served as president of his alma mater,  ...more
  • 6

    Theodore K. Lawless

    Theodore Kenneth (T.K.) Lawless (December 6, 1892 – May 1, 1971) was an African-American dermatologist, medical researcher, and philanthropist. He was a skin specialist, and is known for work related  ...more
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Orzell Billingsley (October 24, 1924 – December 14, 2001) was one of the first ten blacks admitted to the Alabama Bar; he was also known for his work in civil rights litigation, and he was one of the  ...more
  • 8

    Jewel Plummer Cobb



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Jewel Plummer Cobb is a distinguished American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic administrator. She served as president of California State University, Fullerton from 1981 to 1990.  ...more
  • 9

    Carol Brice

    Carol Brice (April 16, 1918 - February 15, 1985) was an American contralto. Born in Sedalia, North Carolina, she studied at Palmer Memorial Institute and later at Talladega College in Talladega,  ...more
  • 10

    William Pickens

    Journalist, Essayist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1881-1954)

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    William Pickens (15 January 1881 – 6 April 1954) was an African-American orator, educator, journalist, and essayist. He wrote two autobiographies, first The Heir of Slaves, in 1911 and second  ...more
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    Archie Epps

    Archie C. Epps III (May 19, 1937, Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 21, 2003, Boston, Massachusetts) was dean of students at Harvard College from 1971 to 1999. He was one of the first black  ...more
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    Eunice Walker Johnson (April 4, 1916 – January 3, 2010) was an American businesswoman. Johnson was the wife of publisher John H. Johnson and an executive at Johnson Publishing Company. Johnson was  ...more
  • 13
    Poet, Author


    BirthplaceConway, South Carolina

    Nikky Finney is an American poet. She was the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor of English at the University of Kentucky for twenty years. In 2013, she accepted a position at the University of South  ...more