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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Tougaloo College and be of some renown.

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

List includes Aunjanue Ellis, Bennie Thompson, more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tougaloo College?” and “Which celebrities are Tougaloo College alumni?”

Walter Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Walter Edward Washington, was an American politician. He was chief executive of Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1979, serving as the first and only Mayor-Commissioner from 1967 to 1974 and as the ...more

Bennie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Bennie Gordon Thompson is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993, and the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2011. He is ...more

Aunjanue Ellis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Aunjanue L. Ellis is an American film, stage, and television actress, and producer. She began her acting career in theater, and made her film debut in Girls Town. She later had leading roles in ...more

Andrew DeGraffenreidt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Andrew DeGraffenreidt Politician
Andrew Degraffenreidt was an educator and politician. He was notable as the first African-American commissioner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mamie Locke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Mamie E. Locke is an African-American politician and educator. A Democrat, she was a member of the Hampton, Virginia city council 1996–2004, and mayor 2000–2004. Since 2004, she has been a ...more

Joyce Ladner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Joyce Ladner Sociologist
Joyce Ann Ladner is an American civil rights activist, author, civil servant and sociologist.

Walter Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Walter Turnbull Musician
Dr. Walter Turnbull was an African American musician and the founder of the Boys Choir of Harlem. Turnbull graduated from Tougaloo College where he studied classical music and vocal performance. ...more

Reuben V. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Reuben V. Anderson Lawyer
is a senior partner in the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, LLP in Jackson, Mississippi, where he has served as a partner since 1991.

Anne Moody is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Anne Moody Writer
Anne Moody was an African-American author who wrote about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, joining the Civil Rights Movement, and fighting racism against blacks in ...more

Carolyn Tyler Guidry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Carolyn Tyler Guidry
Bishop Carolyn Tyler-Guidry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was the first female appointed to be a presiding elder in the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church and the second ...more

Walter Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Walter Washington
Dr. Walter Washington was an American educator. He was born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. In 1949, Washington married his college sweetheart, the former Carolyn Carter, who is a retired college ...more

Annie Bell Robinson Devine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Annie Bell Robinson Devine
Annie Bell Robinson Devine was an activist in the American Civil Rights Movement. From Canton, Mississippi, Devine began meeting with other blacks in Canton to discuss civil rights issues. She ...more

Gladys Noel Bates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Gladys Noel Bates
Gladys Noel Bates was an African-American civil rights pioneer, and educator who filed a lawsuit, Gladys Noel Bates vs the State of Mississippi, in 1948 charging salary discrimination against ...more

Aaron Shirley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Tougaloo College Alumni
Aaron Shirley Health Care Leader, Physician
Aaron Shirley was an American physician and civil rights activist. Shirley was born in Gluckstadt, Mississippi. He was Chairman of the Board for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, and an ...more