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

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

Items include everything from Ben Wallace to Charles Oakley.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia Union University?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia Union University alumni?”

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Douglas Wilder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Douglas Wilder Politician, Lawyer Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since ...more

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Ben Wallace Basketball player Ben Camey Wallace is a retired American professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the ...more

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Max Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Max Robinson Journalist, Newsreader Max Robinson was an American broadcast journalist, and ABC News World News Tonight co-anchor. He was the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States and one of the ...more

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Abram Lincoln Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Abram Lincoln Harris Professor, Economist Abram Lincoln Harris, Jr. was an American economist, academic, anthropologist and a social critic of blacks in the United States. Considered by many as the first African American to achieve ...more

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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Benjamin Mays Writer Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American black minister, educator, sociologist, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940 to 1967. Mays was also a ...more

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Jeremiah Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Jeremiah Wright Pastor, Preacher Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr., is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago with a congregation exceeding 6,000. In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the Senior ...more

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Charles Oakley Basketball player, Coach Charles Oakley is a retired American professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and ...more

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Wendell H. Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Wendell H. Phillips Politician Wendell Harrison Phillips was an American politician who served in the Maryland House of Delegates and was the first African American chairman of the Baltimore City Delegation. Phillips was one ...more

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Randall Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Randall Robinson Author, Writer, Lawyer Randall Robinson is an African-American lawyer, author and activist, noted as the founder of TransAfrica. He is known particularly for his impassioned opposition to apartheid, and for his ...more

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Dwight Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Dwight Clinton Jones Politician Dwight Clinton Jones is the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Jones took office on January 1, 2009, and he was inaugurated for his second term on January 12, 2013. He is a member of the Democratic ...more

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Pete Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Pete Hunter American football player Ralph Everette Hunter is a former professional American football defensive back who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and the Seattle Seahawks.

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Spottswood William Robinson II... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Spottswood William Robinson III Judge, Lawyer Spottswood William Robinson III was an American educator, civil rights attorney, and federal judge. In the early 1950s, Robinson and his law-partner Oliver Hill litigated several civil rights ...more

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Henry Allen Bullock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Henry Allen Bullock Sociologist, Historian Henry Allen Bullock was an American historian, and sociologist.

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Henry L. Marsh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Henry L. Marsh Politician, Lawyer Henry Leander Marsh III is an American civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, in 1977 Marsh was elected by the city council as the first African-American mayor of Richmond. He was ...more

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Walter E. Fauntroy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Walter E. Fauntroy Pastor Walter Edward Fauntroy is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States Congress and was ...more

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Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. was an African-American pioneer in the United States Navy — the first African American in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to ...more

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Mamye BaCote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Mamye BaCote Mamye E. BaCote is an American politician of the Democratic Party. She is currently a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 95th District since 2004.

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Malcolm Barnwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Malcolm Barnwell American football player Malcolm Barnwell is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for five seasons for the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders. His best ...more

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A. Donald McEachin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
A. Donald McEachin Lawyer Aston Donald McEachin is an American politician and lawyer. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1996–2002 and 2006–2008. Since January 2008, he has served in the Senate of ...more

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Terry Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Terry Davis Basketball player Terry Raymond Davis is a retired American professional basketball player who, at 6'10" and 225 lb, played as a power forward and center for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Washington ...more

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Herbert Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Herbert Scott American football player Herbert Carnell Scott is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He attended Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, and went on to star at the Virginia Union ...more

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A. J. English is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
A. J. English Basketball player Albert Jay "A. J." English is a retired American professional basketball player.

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Iyanla Vanzant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Iyanla Vanzant Spiritual teacher, Author, Actor Iyanla Vanzant is an actress.

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James R. Roebuck, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
James R. Roebuck, Jr. Politician, Teacher James R. "Jim" Roebuck, Jr. is a Democratic politician who represents the 188th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was first elected in a special ...more

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Chandler Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Chandler Owen Politician Chandler Owen was an African-American writer, editor and early member of the Socialist Party of America. Born in North Carolina, he studied and worked in New York, then moved to Chicago for much ...more

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Charles Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Charles Johnson Sociologist Charles Spurgeon Johnson was an American sociologist and college administrator, the first black president of historically black Fisk University, and a lifelong advocate for racial equality and ...more

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Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Larry Doby Baseball player Lawrence Eugene Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball who was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier. A native of ...more

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Will Downing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Will Downing Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter Will Downing, is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B ...more

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Mike Brim is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Mike Brim American football player Michael Brim was a cornerback who played eight seasons in the National Football League. Brim attended Virginia Union University. He died in a shootout with another man after an argument about a

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Kenneth B. Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Kenneth B. Smith The Rev. Kenneth Bryant Smith, Sr. was a Chicago-area community leader and minister. Smith came to Chicago in the late 1950s to attend Bethany Theological Seminary, then located outside the ...more

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Emmett C. Burns, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Emmett C. Burns, Jr. Emmett C. Burns, Jr. is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He is currently serving his fourth and final term in the Maryland House of Delegates, ...more

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Carl Bland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Carl Bland Carl Bland is a former wide receiver in the NFL. He played for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. He also played two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, where he won a Grey Cup in 1992.

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Bessye J. Bearden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Bessye J. Bearden Politician, Journalist, Writer Bessye J. Bearden was an American journalist and mother of artist Romare Bearden.

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Leontine T. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Leontine T. Kelly Bishop Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly was an American Bishop of the United Methodist Church. She was born in Washington, D.C., one of eight children. Her father, David D. Turpeau, Sr., was a prominent ...more

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Tony Leonard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Tony Leonard Anthony Leonard is a former cornerback and return specialist in the National Football League. He played from 1976 to 1979 for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.

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Charles E. Freeman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Charles E. Freeman Politician, Lawyer Charles E. Freeman is an American attorney and first district justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. He was elected to his position on the court on November 6, 1990, becoming its first ...more

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Simeon Booker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Simeon Booker Journalist, Writer Simeon Booker is an award-winning African-American journalist whose work appeared in leading news publications for more than 50 years.

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Terry Davis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Terry Davis Terence Anthony Gordon Davis CMG, known as Terry Davis, is a British Labour Party politician, and former Member of Parliament for the Birmingham Hodge Hill constituency, and former Secretary ...more

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Bai T. Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Bai T. Moore Novelist Bai Tamia Johnson Moore, commonly known by his pen-name, Bai T. Moore, was a Liberian poet, novelist, folklorist and essayist. He also held various cultural, educational and tourism posts both ...more

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Eugene Kinckle Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Eugene Kinckle Jones Eugene Kinckle Jones was one the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Jones became Alpha chapter’s second President and co-authored the Fraternity name ...more

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Curtis W. Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Curtis W. Harris Politician Curtis West Harris, Sr. is a minister, civil rights activist, and politician in Virginia.

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Wyatt Tee Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Wyatt Tee Walker Actor Wyatt Tee Walker is an African American pastor, national civil rights leader, theologian, and cultural historian. He was a Chief of Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1958 became an ...more

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Lyman T. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Lyman T. Johnson Lyman Tefft Johnson was an American educator and influential role model for racial desegregation in Kentucky. He is best known as the plaintiff whose successful legal challenge opened the ...more

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Delores McQuinn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Delores McQuinn Rev. Delores L. McQuinn is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On January 6, 2009 she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 70th district, made up of parts ...more

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James Atkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
James Atkins James Hodges Atkins IV is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for two seasons for the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers.

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Luke Torian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Luke Torian Pastor Dr. Luke E. Torian is an American politician. Since 2010 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 52nd district in the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. ...more

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Roslyn Brock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Roslyn Brock Roslyn McCallister Brock is an African-American civil rights leader, healthcare executive, and health activist. She was selected to succeed Julian Bond as chairman of the National Association ...more

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Donald F. Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Donald F. Turner Lawyer Donald F. Turner was a notable antitrust attorney and professor at Harvard Law School. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Turner graduated from Northwestern University in 1941, and went on ...more

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Hezekiah Braxton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Hezekiah Braxton Hezekiah Ezekial Braxton, III was a professional American football player who played running back for two seasons for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

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Samuel DeWitt Proctor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Samuel DeWitt Proctor was an African American minister, educator, and humanitarian. He was active in the African-American Civil Rights Movement and is perhaps best known as a mentor and friend ...more