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Famous Virginia Union University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    Douglas Wilder

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceRichmond, 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
  • 2

    Ben Wallace

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceWhite 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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  • 3

    Max Robinson

    Journalist, Newsreader

    AgeDec. at 49 (1939-1988)

    BirthplaceRichmond, 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 Reynolds and...  more

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  • 4

    Abram Lincoln Harris

    Professor, Economist

    AgeDec. at 64 (1899-1963)

    BirthplaceRichmond, 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 first...  more
  • 5

    AgeDec. at 89 (1894-1984)

    BirthplaceNinety 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 Movement....  more
  • 6

    Jeremiah Wright

    Pastor, Preacher


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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
  • 7

    Charles Oakley

    Basketball player, Coach


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    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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  • 8

    Wendell H. Phillips


    AgeDec. at 58 (1934-1993)

    BirthplaceNew 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 Baltimore...  more
  • 9

    Randall Robinson

    Author, Writer


    BirthplaceRichmond, 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 apartheid, and...  more
  • 10


    BirthplacePennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America

    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 his...  more
  • 11

    Pete Hunter

    American football player


    BirthplaceAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America

    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 Browns and...  more
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 82 (1916-1998)

    BirthplaceRichmond, 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 the...  more
  • 13

    Henry Allen Bullock

    Sociologist, Historian

    AgeDec. at 66 (1906-1973)

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Henry Allen Bullock (May 2, 1906 Tarboro, North Carolina-February 8, 1973 Houston) was an American historian and sociologist....  more
  • 14

    Henry L. Marsh

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceRichmond, 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 of...  more
  • 15


    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    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
  • 16
    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 first...  more
  • 17
    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 to...  more
  • 18

    Malcolm Barnwell

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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 New...  more
  • 19


    BirthplaceNuremberg, 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
  • 20

    Terry Davis

    Basketball player



    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 Mavericks,...  more
  • 21

    Herbert Scott

    American football player


    BirthplaceVirginia 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 star...  more
  • 22

    A. J. English

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceWilmington, 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 father of...  more
  • 23

    Iyanla Vanzant

    Spiritual teacher, Author


    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    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 known...  more
  • 24

    James R. Roebuck, Jr.

    Politician, Teacher


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 Representatives. He was...  more
  • 25

    Chandler Owen



    BirthplaceWarrenton, 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 York...  more