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Famous Texas Southern University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 24.5k views72 items

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

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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?”
  • 1

    Barbara Jordan

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 59 (1936-1996)

    BirthplaceHouston, 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 African...  more
  • 2

    Yolanda Adams

    Record producer, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

    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 2009,...  more

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  • 3

    Craig Washington

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceLongview, 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
  • 4

    Michael Strahan

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    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 (NFL)....  more

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  • 5

    Al Green

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceNew 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
  • 6

    Senfronia Thompson

    Lawyer, Teacher


    BirthplaceBooth, 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
  • 7
    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
  • 8

    Hank Johnson



    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    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 based...  more
  • 9

    Oliver Celestin

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew 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 agent in...  more
  • 10


    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346

    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 Harris...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceSt. 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
  • 12

    Mickey Leland


    AgeDec. at 44 (1944-1989)

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 806, United States of America, Lubbock County

    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 Congressional Black...  more
  • 13

    Bobby Reid

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouston, 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 school...  more
  • 14

    Kirk Whalum

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceMemphis, 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 You", the...  more
  • 15

    Nate Allen

    American football player


    BirthplaceGeorgetown, 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....  more
  • 16

    Homer Jones

    American football player


    BirthplacePittsburg, 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 Browns...  more
  • 17

    Julius Adams

    American football player


    BirthplaceMacon, 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
  • 18

    Brett Maxie

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceDallas, 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 13...  more
  • 19

    Ken Burrough

    American football player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, 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 National...  more
  • 20

    Calvin Muhammad

    American football player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, 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
  • 21

    Warren Wells

    American football player


    BirthplaceFranklin, 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 Raiders....  more
  • 22

    Willie Ellison

    American football player


    BirthplaceLockhart, 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 City...  more
  • 23

    Leroy Mitchell

    American football player


    BirthplaceWharton, 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
  • 24

    Winston Hill

    American football player


    BirthplaceJoaquin, Texas

    Winston Hill (October 23, 1941 – April 26, 2016) was an American college and professional American football player....  more
  • 25

    Woody Sauldsberry

    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 73 (1934-2007)

    BirthplaceWinnsboro, 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 Union...  more