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Famous Texas Southern University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 23.2k views72 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Barbara Jordan1

    Barbara Jordan

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 60 (1936-1996)

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Yolanda Adams2

    Yolanda Adams

    Record producer, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961) is an American gospel singer, record producer,... more on Wikipedia

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    #161 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#317 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

  • Craig Washington3

    Craig Washington

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceLongview, Texas, United States of America

    Craig Anthony Washington (born October 12, 1941) is an American lawyer and Democratic Party... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Strahan4

    Michael Strahan

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive... more on Wikipedia

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    #1628 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#87 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Al Green5

    Al Green

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceArea code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana

    Alexander N. Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    Senfronia Thompson

    Lawyer, Teacher


    BirthplaceBooth, Texas

    Senfronia Calpernia Thompson (born January 1, 1939) is a Democratic member of the Texas House... more on Wikipedia
  • Larry Leon Palmer7
    Larry Leon Palmer (born July 13, 1949) is a former American diplomat who served as the United... more on Wikipedia
  • Hank Johnson8

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Oliver Celestin

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Oliver Celestin, Jr. (born February 25, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Rodney Ellis10


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Rodney Glenn Ellis (born April 7, 1954) is an American politician. He represented Texas' 13th... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    A career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant, Harry E. Johnson (b. in St. Louis, Missouri,... more on Wikipedia
  • Mickey Leland12

    Mickey Leland


    AgeDec. at 45 (1944-1989)

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas, United States of America

    George Thomas "Mickey" Leland (November 27, 1944 – August 7, 1989) was an anti-poverty... more on Wikipedia
  • Bobby Reid13

    Bobby Reid

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Bobby Reid (born December 13, 1985) is a former American football quarterback. He was formerly... more on Wikipedia
  • Kirk Whalum14

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 191 The Best Smooth Jazz Bands and Artists of All Time#277 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists

  • Nate Allen15

    Nate Allen

    American football player


    BirthplaceGeorgetown, South Carolina

    Nathaniel Sheraldton Allen (born May 13, 1948) is a former American football cornerback who... more on Wikipedia
  • Homer Jones16

    Homer Jones

    American football player


    BirthplacePittsburg, Texas

    Homer Carroll Jones (born February 18, 1941) is a former American football wide receiver, who... more on Wikipedia

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    #209 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#38 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '90s

  • Julius Adams17

    Julius Adams

    American football player


    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    Julius Adams (April 26, 1948 – March 24, 2016) was an American football player who was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Brett Maxie

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Brett Derrell Maxie (born January 13, 1962) is an American football coach and former player... more on Wikipedia
  • Ken Burrough19

    Ken Burrough

    American football player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Kenneth Othell Burrough (born July 14, 1948) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • Calvin Muhammad20

    Calvin Muhammad

    American football player


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Calvin Saleem Muhammad (born Calvin Vincent Raley; December 10, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida)... more on Wikipedia
  • Warren Wells21

    Warren Wells

    American football player


    BirthplaceFranklin, Louisiana

    Warren Wells (November 14, 1942 – December 27, 2018) was an American college and professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Willie Ellison22

    Willie Ellison

    American football player


    BirthplaceLockhart, Texas

    William Henry Ellison (November 1, 1945 – March 11, 2019) was an American football running... more on Wikipedia
  • Leroy Mitchell23

    Leroy Mitchell

    American football player


    BirthplaceWharton, Texas

    Leroy Mitchell (born September 22, 1944) is a former American football cornerback. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • Winston Hill24

    Winston Hill

    American football player


    BirthplaceJoaquin, Texas

    Winston Hill (October 23, 1941 – April 26, 2016) was an American college and professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Woody Sauldsberry25

    Woody Sauldsberry

    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 73 (1934-2007)

    BirthplaceWinnsboro, Louisiana

    Woodrow Sauldsberry Jr. (July 11, 1934 – September 3, 2007) was an American National... more on Wikipedia