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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Tennessee State University and be of some renown.

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

This list contains graduates like Oprah Winfrey and Amy Lee.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tennessee State University?” and “Which celebrities are Tennessee State University alumni?”

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...more

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Wilma Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Athlete, Track and field athlete
Wilma Glodean Rudolph was an Olympic champion. Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960. In the 1960 Summer ...more

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Maurice White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer
Maurice White is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He is also the older brother of current ...more

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Cleveland Eaton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Publisher, Record producer, Businessperson
Cleveland "Cleve" Eaton is an American jazz double bassist from Fairfield, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. His most famous accomplishments are substantial playing stints with ...more

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Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball player
Anthony George Douglas Mason was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, ...more

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Harold Ford, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Politician
Harold Eugene Ford, Sr. was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing the Memphis, Tennessee area for 11 terms—from 1975 until his retirement in 1997. He was ...more

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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Actor, American football player
Ed Lee "Too Tall" Jones is a retired American football player who played 15 seasons in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. In 1979, he attempted a career in

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Rufus Thomas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Comedian, Disc jockey, Singer
Rufus Thomas, Jr. was an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and ...more

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Carlos Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball player
Carlos Deon Rogers is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round of the 1994 NBA Draft.

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James Clayborne, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer
James Clayborne, Jr. is a member of the Illinois Senate representing the 57th District since his appointment in 1995. The 57th District, located in the Metro East region includes all or parts of ...more

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Lloyd Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball player
Lloyd Neal is an American former professional basketball player born in Talbotton, Georgia. A 6'7" center/forward from Tennessee State University, Neal spent his entire professional career ...more

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Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Richard Lamar Dent is a former American football defensive end, who played primarily for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XX. He was elected to the ...more

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Steve Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Steven Francis Moore is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center who played in parts of three National Hockey League seasons with the Colorado Avalanche. Moore is widely known for ...more

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Carl Rowan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Journalist, Author
Carl Thomas Rowan was an American government official, journalist and author. Rowan was one of the most honored reporters in the United States.

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Alvin Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach
Alvin Leon Williams is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1997 to 2007.

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Clifford Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Clifford Brooks, Jr. is a former American Football defensive back in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills, and the New York Jets. He ...more

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Charley Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Charles Edward Ferguson is a former American college and Professional Football player. He was a tight end with the American Football League's Buffalo Bills. He was in playoff games with the ...more

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Vernon Holland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Vernon Holland American football player
Vernon Edward "Vern" Holland was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants. Holland was born ...more

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Anthony Pleasant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Anthony Devon Pleasant, is the defensive line coach for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and a former professional American football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third ...more

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Willie Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Willie Mitchell American football player
Willie Mitchell is a former professional football cornerback who played eight professional seasons 1964-1971. After winning the League Championship with the American Football League's Kansas ...more

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Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Claude B. Humphrey is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Moses Gunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Actor
Moses Gunn was an American actor. An Obie Award-winning stage player, he co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company in the 1960s. His 1962 Off-Broadway debut was in Jean Genet's The Blacks, and his ...more

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Will Wynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Will Wynn American football player
William "Will" Wynn was a former American football defensive end who played for five seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973–1976, and the ...more

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Jim Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
Jim Marsalis American football player
James "Jim" Marsalis was an American college and Professional Football player. A star at Tennessee State, he played nine professional seasons as a cornerback, from the 1969 American ...more

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Cleveland Elam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player
Cleveland Elam was a former American football defensive tackle who played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in an injury-shortened five-year career that lasted from 1975 to 1979 ...more