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Famous Virginia State University Alumni

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

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

Items include everything from Wale to T. D. Jakes.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia State University?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia State University alumni?”
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Gaye Adegbalola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Guitarist, Singer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Virginia

Gaye Adegbalola (born Gaye Todd, March 21, 1944, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States) is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer.
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Mary Hatwood Futrell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Educator

Age: 78

Birthplace: Altavista, Virginia

Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator.
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Billy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer, Presenter

Age: Dec. at 89 (1921-2010)

Birthplace: Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America

Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina ...more

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Lauren Koslow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 65

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Lauren Alice Koslow (born March 9, 1953) is an American actress, best known for her long-running portrayal of Kate Roberts on the NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives, which she has played ...more
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Wale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Rapper, Actor, Singer

Age: 34

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale ( WAW-lay), is an American rapper. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug ...more

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Delores G. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Age: 82

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Delores Goodwin Kelley (born May 1, 1936) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently serving in her 4th term in the Maryland State Senate, ...more
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Rosalyn Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Nurse

Age: 71

Birthplace: Virginia

Rosalyn Randolph "Roz" Dance (born February 10, 1948) is an American politician, who has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2014. She was a member of the Virginia House of ...more
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Willie Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia

William Charles Harris (born June 22, 1978) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and second baseman with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta ...more
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Yvonne B. Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)

Birthplace: Edenton, North Carolina, United States of America

Yvonne Bond Miller (July 4, 1934 – July 3, 2012) was an American politician in Virginia. A Democrat, she was the first African-American woman to be elected to the state house when she won in ...more
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Joe Bonner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Jazz Pianist

Age: 70

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Joe Bonner (April 20, 1948 – November 20, 2014) was a hard bop and modal jazz jazz pianist, influenced by McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum.He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and studied at ...more
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Daniel James, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 58 (1920-1978)

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida

Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank ...more
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Bobby Orrock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Teacher

Age: 63

Birthplace: Virginia

Robert Dickson "Bobby" Orrock, Sr. (born November 13, 1955) is an American politician. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 54th ...more
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William H. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 81 (1868-1949)

Birthplace: Berkley, Virginia

William Henry Lewis (November 28, 1868 – January 1, 1949) was an African-American pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia to freedmen, he graduated from Amherst College in ...more
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Roger Gregory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Judge

Age: 65

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Roger L. Gregory (born July 17, 1953) is the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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Al Bumbry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach

Age: 71

Birthplace: Virginia

Alonza Benjamin "Al" Bumbry (born Alonza Benjamin Bumbrey; April 21, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres ...more
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Camilla Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Singer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1919-2012)

Birthplace: Virginia

Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, ...more
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Rovenia M. Brock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Rovenia M. Brock Writer

Age: 63

Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, also known as Dr. Ro, is an American nutritionist, lecturer, health reporter, entrepreneur, and author. She is most widely known as the host of Heart & Soul, the first ...more
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Kelvin Kinney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Kelvin Kinney American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Montgomery, West Virginia

Kelvin Lamonta Kinney (born December 31, 1972) is a former American football defensive lineman. His nickname is K2.Kinney was a defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington ...more
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Larry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 65

Birthplace: Prince George, Virginia

Lawrence Lee Brooks Sr. (born June 10, 1950), is a former American Football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams eleven seasons from 1972 to 1982 in the National Football League. Brooks was ...more
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Roslyn Tyler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Age: 57

Birthplace: Virginia

Roslyn C. "Roz" Tyler (born July 18, 1961, in Greensville County, Virginia) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Virginia House of ...more
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Reginald Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Writer

Age: Dec. at 51 (1942-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Reginald F. Lewis (December 7, 1942 – January 19, 1993), was an American businessman. He was one of the richest African-American men in the 1980s, and the first African American to build a ...more
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James H. Stith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
James H. Stith Physicist

Age: 77

Dr. James H. Stith (born July 17, 1941) is an American physicist.
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Naomi Long Madgett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Naomi Long Madgett Writer

Age: 95

Birthplace: Virginia

Naomi Long Madgett (born July 5, 1923) is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. A former teacher and an award-winning poet, she is also the senior editor of ...more
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Silas DeMary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Silas DeMary American football player

Age: 47

Birthplace: Bishopville, South Carolina

Silas DeMary (born December 12, 1971) is a former offensive lineman/defensive lineman for in the Arena Football League. He played for the Carolina Cobras, Buffalo Destroyers, Los Angeles ...more
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Wilmer Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Wilmer Fields Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

Birthplace: Virginia

Wilmer Leon Fields (August 2, 1922 – June 4, 2004) was an African American baseball player who was a household name in the Negro Leagues and other baseball circuits between the 1940s and ...more