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Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni

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

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

List contains graduates like Earl Monroe and Stephen A. Smith.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Winston-Salem State University?” and “Which celebrities are Winston-Salem State University alumni?”
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Stephen A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Sports journalism, Talk show host, Basketball player

Age: 51

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

Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967) is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN First Take, where he ...more

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 74

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in ...more

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Louis Farrakhan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 85

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

Louis Farrakhan Sr. (; born Louis Eugene Walcott; May 11, 1933), formerly known as Louis X, is an American minister who is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI), which the ...more
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John L. Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Winston-Salem

John L. Adams is an American film and television actor. After attending Winston-Salem State University, Adams moved to Los Angeles where he began a career as a stand-up comic, performing at such ...more
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Louise Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Louise Smith Race car driver

Age: Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)

Birthplace: Barnesville, Georgia

Louise Smith (July 31, 1916 in Barnesville, Georgia – April 15, 2006) was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the top level. She was known as "the first lady of racing."She ...more
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Oronde Gadsden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 44

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Oronde Benjamin Gadsden (pronounced o-RON-day) (born August 20, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. He ...more

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Richard Huntley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Richard Huntley American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina

Richard Earl Huntley (born September 18, 1972) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Atlanta Falcons (1996), the ...more
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Timmy Newsome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Timmy Newsome American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Ahoskie, North Carolina

Timothy Arthur Newsome (born May 17, 1958) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Winston-Salem State
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Tory Woodbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Tory Woodbury American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tory Woodbury (born July 12, 1978) is a former American football quarterback/wide receiver. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Winston-Salem State University by the New ...more
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Dennis L.A. White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Played D-Roc in the biopic Notorious, and Mistah Ray on NBC's Parenthood. Dennis L. A. White is an American stage and screen actor noted for portraying Damion 'D-Roc' Butler in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic entitled Notorious.
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Yancey Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Yancey Thigpen American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Tarboro, North Carolina

Yancey Dirk Thigpen (born August 15, 1969) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the San Diego Chargers (1991), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992–1997), and the ...more

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Cleo Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Cleo Hill Basketball player

Age: 80

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Cleo Hill (April 24, 1938 – August 10, 2015) was an American professional basketball player who was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the first round (8th overall) of the 1961 NBA draft. A 6 ft ...more
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Monté Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Monté Ross Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 48

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monté Ross (born August 11, 1970) is an American college basketball coach, currently an assistant coach at Temple University. He previously served as the head men's basketball coach at ...more
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Donald Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Donald Evans American football player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Donald Lee Evans (born March 14, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a former American football defensive end who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, ...more
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Theodore "Ted"... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Theodore "Ted" Blunt Politician

Age: 75

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Theodore Blunt (born March 22, 1943) is a retired American elected official, educator, and former athlete. Blunt's political career in the state of Delaware included serving 16 years as a ...more
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Alvin Powell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Alvin Powell Actor, Footballer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Panama

Alvin Powell is an actor.
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Larry W. Womble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Larry W. Womble

Age: 77

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Larry W. Womble (born June 6, 1941) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's seventy-first House district, including constituents in Forsyth County. ...more
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Anthony Blaylock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Anthony Blaylock

Age: 50

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Anthony Darius Blaylock (born February 21, 1965) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Cleveland Browns, the San ...more
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Donald Frank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Donald Frank

Age: 53

Birthplace: North Carolina

Donald Frank (born October 24, 1965 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for six seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders, San ...more
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William Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
William Hayes American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina

William Quintin Hayes (born May 2, 1985) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Kermit Blount is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Kermit Blount American Football coach

Age: 60

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Kermit Blount (born May 16, 1958) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, a position he has held since the 2015 ...more
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Luke Torian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Pastor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Roxboro, North Carolina

Luke E. Torian (born May 30, 1958) 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 ...more
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Emmanuel Akah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Emmanuel Akah

Age: 40

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Emmanuel Akah (born February 8, 1979) is a British-American offensive lineman of American football who is currently a free agent. He played college football for State University of New York at ...more
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Earl Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Earl Williams Basketball player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Levittown, Pennsylvania

Earl "the Twirl" Williams is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player.
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Jason Holman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni
Jason Holman

Age: 35

Jason Holman (born April 28, 1983) is an American football offensive / defensive lineman for the Qingdao Clipper of the China Arena Football League (CAFL). He played as a center for the ...more