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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of different graduates like T. D. Jakes and Lou Myers.

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

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T. D. Jakes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Evangelist, Film Producer, Author Bishop T.D. Jakes is a film producer and an actor.

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James W. Holley, III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Politician, Dentist James W. Holley, III was an American politician and dental surgeon. Holley served two terms as mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia. Both terms ended with his being recalled from office, making him the ...more

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Earl Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Earl Francis Lloyd was an American professional basketball player. He was the first black person to play in the National Basketball Association, in the 1950–51 NBA season. Three other African ...more

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Antoine Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Film Producer, Music video director, Film Director Antoine Fuqua is an American film director. His first feature film was the action film The Replacement Killers. He then directed the crime thriller Training Day, in which star Denzel Washington ...more

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Reggie Walton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Reggie Walton Judge Reggie Barnett Walton is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is the former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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Will Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Will Robinson Coach William J. "Will" Robinson was an American college basketball coach and scout. Robinson became the first African-American head coach in Division I history when he accepted the position ...more

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Damon Keith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Judge Damon Jerome Keith is a Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Reggie Branch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Reggie Branch American football player Reginald Etoy Branch is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at West Virginia State University and East ...more

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Leon Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Leon Howard Sullivan was a Baptist minister, a civil rights leader and social activist focusing on the creation of job training opportunities for African Americans, a longtime General Motors ...more

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Walter Holman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Walter Holman American football player Walter Ree Holman is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He also played in the Arena Football League for the Washington Commandos ...more

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Mary Elizabeth Carnegie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Mary Elizabeth Carnegie was an educator and author in the field of nursing, known for breaking down racial barriers. She was the first black nurse to serve as a voting member on the board of a ...more

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Chuck Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Basketball player Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper was an American professional basketball player. He and two others, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Earl Lloyd, became the first African American ...more

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Karla Drenner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Karla Drenner Politician Dr Karla Lea Drenner is an American academic and politician from Georgia. A Democrat, she is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives representing the state's 85th district in Avondale ...more

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Lou Myers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Actor Lou Leabengula Myers was an American actor. Myers was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first ...more

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Wendell Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Wendell Smith Wendell Smith was a noted African American sportswriter who was influential in the choice of Jackie Robinson to become the first African American player in Major League Baseball in the 20th ...more

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T. J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
T. J. Anderson Musician Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Anderson is an American composer, conductor, orchestrator and educator.

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Butch Miles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Butch Miles Drummer Butch Miles is an American jazz drummer. He has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra, among others. Miles, who cites Buddy ...more

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Clif Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Clif Moore Clif Moore is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 23rd District since 2004. He currently serves as Assistant Majority Whip.

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Gene Barge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Saxophonist Gene Barge is an American tenor and alto saxophonist and composer in several bands. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he was a founding member of the 1960s band The Church Street Five, which recorded ...more

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Katherine Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous West Virginia State University Alumni
Mathematician Katherine Johnson is an African-American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America's aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital ...more