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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
Barbara Charline Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, 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
Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host on WBLS. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and ...more
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Craig Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Craig Anthony Washington is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Texas who served in the Texas State Senate and the United States House of Representatives. The son of Roy and ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Presenter
Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more
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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Alexander N. "Al" Green is the U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district includes most of southwestern Houston, including most of ...more
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Senfronia Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer, Teacher
Senfronia Thompson is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 141st District since 1972. Thompson is the former Dean of Women Legislators in Texas. She has ...more
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Larry Leon Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Larry Leon Palmer is an American diplomat, appointed to serve as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in 2012. He was the United States Ambassador to Honduras from ...more
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Hank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician
Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. 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 in ...more
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Oliver Celestin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Oliver Celestin, Jr. 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 2004. He played college football at Texas
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Rodney Ellis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer
Rodney Glenn Ellis is the state senator for Texas' 13th state senate district. The district contains portions of Harris County, including downtown Houston, and Fort Bend County. He is a member ...more
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Harry E. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Lawyer
A career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant, Harry E. Johnson, is a Partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson in Houston, Texas. He served as City Attorney for Kendelton, Texas from ...more
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Mickey Leland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Politician
George Thomas "Mickey" Leland was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was a Democrat. ...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
Bobby Reid is a former American football quarterback. He was formerly of the Texas Southern University Tigers and Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Reid played high school football at Galena ...more
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Kirk Whalum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician
Kirk Whalum is an American smooth 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
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Nate Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Nathaniel Sheraldton Allen 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
Homer Carroll Jones 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 in 1970.
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Julius Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Julius Adams was a defensive lineman in the NFL. For his entire career he played for the New England Patriots. He is the father of former NFL player, Keith Adams.
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Brett Maxie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Coach, American football player
Brett Derrell Maxie is a former professional American football defensive back who played 13 seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and the San ...more
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Ken Burrough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Kenneth Othell Burrough is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft. A 6'4", 210 lb wide receiver ...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
Calvin Saleem Muhammad was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers. He played college football ...more
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Warren Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Warren Wells is a former American college and Professional Football player, who played wide receiver for five seasons, one for the NFL's Detroit Lions and, after spending two years in the U.S. ...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
William Henry Ellison is a former American football running back who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. Sporting #33, he ...more
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Leroy Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Leroy Mitchell is a former American collegiate and Professional Football cornerback. He played collegiately at Texas Southern. In 1967 he joined the Boston Patriots of the American Football ...more
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Winston Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
American football player
Winston Hill is a former American college and professional football player. Hill hails from Joaquin, Texas. His father, the late Garfield Hill, served as principal of Weldon High School in ...more
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Woody Sauldsberry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Southern University Alumni
Basketball player
Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry Jr. July 11, 1934 – September 2007 was an American National Basketball Association player. Sauldsberry was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana and graduated from ...more