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Famous Virginia Union University Alumni

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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
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 88

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 66th Governor of Virginia, from 1990 to 1994. He was the first African American to serve as ...more
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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 44

Birthplace: White Hall, Alabama

Benjamin Cameron Wallace (born September 10, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union ...more

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Max Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader

Age: Dec. at 49 (1939-1988)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Maxie Cleveland "Max" Robinson, Jr. (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist, most notably serving as co-anchor on ABC World News Tonight alongside Frank ...more

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Abram Lincoln Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Professor, Economist

Age: Dec. at 64 (1899-1963)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Abram Lincoln Harris, Jr. (January 17, 1899 – November 6, 1963) was an American economist, academic, anthropologist and a social critic of blacks in the United States. Considered by many as the ...more
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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 90 (1894-1984)

Birthplace: Ninety Six, South Carolina

Benjamin Elijah Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984) was an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights ...more
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Jeremiah Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Pastor, Preacher

Age: 77

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jeremiah Alvesta Wright Jr. (born 1941) is a pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation he led for 36 years, during which its membership grew to over 8,000 ...more
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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 55

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player. Oakley was a member of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto ...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

Age: Dec. at 59 (1934-1993)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Wendell Harrison Phillips (November 19, 1934 – January 29, 1993) was an American politician who served in the Maryland House of Delegates and was the first African American chairman of the ...more
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Randall Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Author, Writer, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Randall Robinson (born July 6, 1941) is an African-American lawyer, author and activist, noted as the founder of TransAfrica. He is known particularly for his impassioned opposition to ...more
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Dwight Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Politician

Age: 71

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America, + more

Dwight Clinton Jones (born February 3, 1948) is an American politician and pastor who served as the 79th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Jones took office on January 1, 2009, was inaugurated for ...more
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Pete Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Ralph Everette "Pete" Hunter (born May 25, 1980) is a former professional American football defensive back who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland ...more
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Spottswood William Robin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Spottswood William Robinson III (July 26, 1916 – October 11, 1998) was an American educator, civil rights attorney, and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for ...more
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Henry Allen Bullock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Sociologist, Historian

Age: Dec. at 67 (1906-1973)

Birthplace: Tarboro, North Carolina

Henry Allen Bullock (May 2, 1906 Tarboro, North Carolina-February 8, 1973 Houston) 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
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 85

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Henry Leander Marsh III (born December 10, 1933) 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 ...more
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Walter E. Fauntroy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Pastor

Age: 86

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Walter Edward Fauntroy (born February 6, 1933) 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 ...more
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Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. (June 4, 1922 – October 22, 2004) was a United States Navy officer. He was the first African American in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the ...more
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Mamye BaCote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni

Age: 80

Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia

Mamye Edmondson BaCote (born February 18, 1939) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. She was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 95th District from 2004 ...more
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Malcolm Barnwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Malcolm Barnwell American football player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Malcolm Barnwell (born June 28, 1958, in Charleston, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for five seasons for the Washington Redskins, the ...more
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A. Donald McEachin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Eurasia, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Germany

Aston Donald McEachin (born October 10, 1961) is an American politician and lawyer who is the U.S. Representative from Virginia's 4th congressional district. The district is based in the state ...more
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Terry Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 51

Birthplace: Virginia

Terry Raymond Davis (born June 17, 1967) 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 ...more
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Herbert Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
American football player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Herbert Carnell Scott (born January 18, 1953) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He attended Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, and went on to ...more
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A. J. English is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 51

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Albert Jay "A. J." English (born July 11, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player who played two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also the ...more
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Iyanla Vanzant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Spiritual teacher, Author, Actor

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Iyanla Vanzant (born Rhonda Eva Harris; September 13, 1953) is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach, and television personality. She is ...more
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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

Age: 74

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

James R. "Jim" Roebuck Jr. (born February 12, 1945) is a Democratic politician who represents the 188th Legislative District (West Philadelphia) in the Pennsylvania House of ...more
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Chandler Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Union University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 78 (1889-1967)

Birthplace: Warrenton, North Carolina, United States of America

Chandler Owen (April 5, 1889 – November 2, 1967) 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 ...more