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Famous Texas Southern University Alumni

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

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Michael Strahan and Yolanda Adams.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Texas Southern University?” and “Which celebrities are Texas Southern University alumni?”
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Barbara Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 60 (1936-1996)

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A Democrat, she was the first ...more

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Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Radio personality

Age: 57

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961) is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. As of September ...more

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Craig Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States of America

Craig Anthony Washington (born October 12, 1941) is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Texas who served in the Texas State Senate and the United States House of ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Presenter

Age: 44

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League ...more

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 71

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Alexander N. Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has served in Congress as the Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district since 2005. The 9th ...more
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Senfronia Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer, Teacher

Age: 80

Birthplace: Booth, Texas

Senfronia Calpernia Thompson (born January 1, 1939) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 141st District since 1972. Thompson is the former Dean of Women ...more
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Larry Leon Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni

Age: 71

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia

Larry Leon Palmer (born July 13, 1949) is a former American diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from 2012–2015. He was the United States ...more
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Hank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Henry Calvin Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is ...more
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Oliver Celestin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Oliver Celestin, Jr. (born February 25, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free ...more
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Rodney Ellis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Rodney Glenn Ellis (born April 7, 1954) is an American politician. He represented Texas' 13th state senate district in the Texas Senate from 1990 to 2017. The district contains portions of ...more
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Harry E. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

A career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant, Harry E. Johnson (b. in St. Louis, Missouri, United States), is a partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson in Houston, Texas. He served as ...more
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Mickey Leland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 45 (1944-1989)

Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

George Thomas "Mickey" Leland (November 27, 1944 – August 7, 1989) was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the ...more
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Bobby Reid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Bobby Reid American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Bobby Reid (born December 13, 1985) is a former American football quarterback. He was formerly of the Texas Southern University Tigers and Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Reid played high ...more
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Kirk Whalum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician

Age: 60

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love ...more
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Nate Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Georgetown, South Carolina

Nathaniel Sheraldton Allen (born May 13, 1948) is a former American football cornerback who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Texas Southern.
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Homer Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 74

Birthplace: Pittsburg, Texas

Homer Carroll Jones (born February 18, 1941) is a former American football wide receiver, who played for the National Football League's New York Giants from 1964 to 1969, and for the Cleveland ...more
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Julius Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia

Julius Adams (April 26, 1948 – March 24, 2016) was an American football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire career with the New England ...more
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Brett Maxie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Brett Derrell Maxie (born January 13, 1962) is an American football coach and former player who is a defensive backs coach of the National Football League (NFL). He has been a defensive back for ...more
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Ken Burrough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Kenneth Othell Burrough (born July 14, 1948) is a former professional American football player who at 6'4", 210 lb (95 kg) primarily played wide receiver with the Houston Oilers in the ...more
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Calvin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Calvin Muhammad American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Calvin Saleem Muhammad (born Calvin Vincent Raley; December 10, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida) was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders, ...more
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Warren Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Franklin, Louisiana

Warren Wells (November 14, 1942 – December 27, 2018) was an American college and professional football player, who played wide receiver for five seasons, with the Detroit Lions and Oakland ...more
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Willie Ellison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Willie Ellison American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Lockhart, Texas

William Henry Ellison (November 1, 1945 – March 11, 2019) was an American football running back who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas ...more
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Leroy Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 74

Birthplace: Wharton, Texas

Leroy Mitchell (born September 22, 1944) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Texas Southern University. In 1967, he joined the Boston Patriots of the American ...more
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Winston Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player

Age: 77

Birthplace: Joaquin, Texas

Winston Hill (October 23, 1941 – April 26, 2016) was an American college and professional American football player.
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Woody Sauldsberry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: Dec. at 73 (1934-2007)

Birthplace: Winnsboro, Louisiana

Woodrow Sauldsberry Jr. (July 11, 1934 – September 3, 2007) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Sauldsberry was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana and graduated from Compton ...more