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Famous Winston-Salem State University Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    Stephen A. Smith

    Sports journalism, Talk show host


    BirthplaceNew 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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  • 2

    Earl Monroe

    Basketball player, Coach


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 the...  more

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  • 3

    Louis Farrakhan



    BirthplaceNew 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 Southern...  more
  • 4


    BirthplaceWinston Salem, North Carolina, USA

    Alternative NameJohn Adams

    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
  • 5

    Louise Smith

    Race car driver

    AgeDec. at 89 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceBarnesville, 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 went as a...  more
  • 6

    Oronde Gadsden

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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 also...  more
  • 7

    Richard Huntley

    American football player


    BirthplaceMonroe, 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
  • 8

    Timmy Newsome

    American football player


    BirthplaceAhoskie, 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 University....  more
  • 9

    Tory Woodbury

    American football player


    BirthplaceWinston-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 York...  more
  • 10

    Dennis L.A. White

    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....  more
  • 11

    Yancey Thigpen

    American football player


    BirthplaceTarboro, 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
  • 12

    Cleo Hill

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNewark, 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 1 in...  more
  • 13

    Monté Ross

    Basketball Coach, Coach


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 the University...  more
  • 14

    Donald Evans

    American football player


    BirthplaceRaleigh, 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
  • 15

    Theodore "Ted" Blunt



    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 Wilmington...  more
  • 16

    Alvin Powell

    Actor, Footballer



    Alvin Powell is an actor....  more
  • 17

    Larry W. Womble

    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. A...  more
  • 18

    Anthony Blaylock

    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 Diego...  more
  • 19

    Donald Frank

    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 Diego...  more
  • 20

    William Hayes

    American football player


    BirthplaceHigh 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
  • 21

    Kermit Blount

    American Football coach


    BirthplaceRichmond, 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
  • 22


    BirthplaceRoxboro, 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
  • 23

    Emmanuel Akah

    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 Canton...  more
  • 24

    Earl Williams

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLevittown, Pennsylvania

    Earl "the Twirl" Williams is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player....  more
  • 25

    Jason Holman

    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 University of...  more