22 Notable alumni of
Alabama State University

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Alabama State University is 1277th in the world, 465th in North America, and 437th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 22 notable alumni from Alabama State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-2005 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    autobiographerhuman rights activistpublic figurepolitical activistcivil rights advocate
    Biography

    Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has honored her as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Parks became a NAACP activist in 1943, participating in several high profile civil rights campaigns. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to vacate a row of four seats in the "colored" section in favor of a White passenger, once the "White" section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, and she helped inspire the Black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year. The case became bogged down in the state courts, but the federal Montgomery bus lawsuit Browder v. Gayle resulted in a November 1956 decision that bus segregation is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  2. Lil Yachty

    Lil Yachty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1997-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    rapper
    Biography

    Miles Parks McCollum, known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He first gained recognition on the internet in 2015 for his singles "One Night" and "Minnesota" (featuring Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa and Young Thug) from his debut EP Summer Songs. He released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in March 2016. In June 2016, Yachty announced that he had signed a joint venture record deal with Motown, Capitol Records, and Quality Control Music.

  3. 2 Chainz

    2 Chainz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    composerbasketball playersinger-songwriterrapperrecord producer
    Biography

    Tauheed K. Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition as one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl "Dolla Boy" Conyers. The duo was signed to Georgia-based rapper Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace label, and are best known for their 2007 debut single "Duffle Bag Boy" (featuring Lil Wayne).

  4. Tarana Burke

    Tarana Burke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    teachercelebritymilitant
    Biography

    Tarana Burke is an American activist from New York City, who started the MeToo movement. In 2006, Burke began using MeToo to help other women with similar experiences to stand up for themselves. Over a decade later, in 2017, #MeToo became a viral hashtag when Alyssa Milano and other women began using it to tweet about the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse cases. The phrase and hashtag quickly developed into a broad-based, and eventually international movement.

  5. Rickey Smiley

    Rickey Smiley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    radio personalitypresenteractor
    Biography

    Broderick Dornell Smiley is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality, known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising his voice and carrying on a conversation with the recipient of the call. He is the host of the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show based in Atlanta from its flagship affiliate WHTA "Hot 107.9". Smiley has starred in sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show, which aired on TV One. He is also a featured columnist on the Fox-produced tabloid nationally-syndicated show Dish Nation. In 2015, Smiley started appearing on Rickey Smiley For Real, a reality television series about his life.

  6. Ralph Abernathy

    Ralph Abernathy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1926-1990 (aged 64)
    Enrolled in Alabama State University
    In 1948 graduated with Bachelor of Science in mathematics
    Occupations
    Christian ministerhuman rights activisttheologianpoliticiancivil rights advocate
    Biography

    Ralph David Abernathy Sr. was an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was ordained in the Baptist tradition in 1948. As a leader of the civil rights movement, he was a close friend and mentor of Martin Luther King Jr. He collaborated with King and E. D. Nixon to create the Montgomery Improvement Association, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott, and co-created and was an executive board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He became president of the SCLC following the assassination of King in 1968; he led the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C., as well as other marches and demonstrations for disenfranchised Americans. He also served as an advisory committee member of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE).

  7. Clarence Carter

    Clarence Carter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    record producersinger-songwritersinger
    Biography

    Clarence George Carter is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. His most successful songs include "Slip Away", "Back Door Santa" (both released 1968), "Patches" (1970) and "Strokin" (1986).

  8. Felix da Housecat

    Felix da Housecat
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    record producerclub DJdisc jockeycomposer
    Biography

    Felix da Housecat is an American DJ and record producer, mostly known for house music and electro. Felix is regarded as a member of the second wave of Chicago house.

  9. Coco Montrese

    Coco Montrese
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    drag queen
    Biography

    Coco Montrese is the stage name of Lenwood Martin Cooper, an American drag queen, entertainer, and reality television personality. Montrese came into the spotlight after being crowned Miss Gay America 2010 when Alyssa Edwards' title was revoked. She subsequently appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 as well as RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Season 2.

  10. Jesse White

    Jesse White
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    baseball playerpolitician
    Biography

    Jesse Clark White is an American educator, politician and former athlete from the State of Illinois. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 37th Secretary of State of Illinois from 1999 to 2023. He was the longest-serving American to hold this office. A popular office holder, White declined to seek reelection in 2022 for a seventh term. Previously, he served as the Cook County Recorder of Deeds from 1993 to 1999 and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993.

  11. Eugene Sawyer

    Eugene Sawyer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-2008 (aged 74)
    Enrolled in Alabama State University
    Graduated with chemistry
    Occupations
    teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Eugene Sawyer Jr. was an American businessman, educator, and politician. Sawyer was selected by the Chicago City Council as the 53rd Mayor of Chicago, Illinois after the sudden death of then–mayor Harold Washington. Sawyer served for the remainder of the term, from December 2, 1987 until April 24, 1989. A member of the Democratic Party, Sawyer was an alderman, and the second African-American to serve as mayor of Chicago.

  12. Fred Gray

    Fred Gray
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 93)
    Occupations
    lawyerjurist
    Biography

    Fred David Gray is an American civil rights attorney, preacher, activist, and state legislator from Alabama. He handled many prominent civil rights cases, such as Browder v. Gayle, and was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1970, along with Thomas Reed, both from Tuskegee. They were the first black state legislators in Alabama in the 20th century. He served as the president of the National Bar Association in 1985, and in 2001 was elected as the first African-American President of the Alabama State Bar.

  13. Frederick D. Reese

    Frederick D. Reese
    Years
    1929-2018 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    teacher
    Biography

    Frederick Douglas Reese was an American civil rights activist, educator and minister from Selma, Alabama. Known as a member of Selma's "Courageous Eight", Reese was the president of the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL) when it invited the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. to Selma to amplify the city's local voting rights campaign. This campaign eventually gave birth to the Selma to Montgomery marches, which later led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

  14. Erskine Hawkins

    Erskine Hawkins
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1914-1993 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    jazz musiciansongwritertrumpeterbandleaderconductor
    Biography

    Erskine Ramsay Hawkins was an American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel". He is best remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. The song became a hit during World War II, rising to No. 7 nationally (version by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra) and to No. 1 nationally (version by the Glenn Miller Orchestra). Vocalists who were featured with Erskine's orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown, and Della Reese. Hawkins was named after Alabama industrialist Erskine Ramsay.

  15. Theodora Lacey

    Theodora Lacey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-.. (age 91)
    Occupations
    teacher
    Biography

    Theodora Smiley Lacey is an American civil rights activist and educator. She helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott, fought for voting rights and fair housing, and helped lead the effort to integrate schools in New Jersey.

  16. T. J. Jemison

    T. J. Jemison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2013 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    civil rights advocatereligious servant
    Biography

    Theodore Judson Jemison, better known as T. J. Jemison, was the president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. from 1982 to 1994. It is the largest African-American religious organization. He oversaw the construction of the Baptist World Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the headquarters of his convention.

  17. Quinton Ross

    Quinton Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Quinton T. Ross Jr. is an American politician who is the 15th and current president of Alabama State University. A Democrat, Ross served as a member of the Alabama Senate from 2002 to 2017 and served as the Minority Leader from 2014 to 2017.

  18. Jylan Ware

    Jylan Ware
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1993-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Jylan Ware is a former American football offensive tackle. He played college football at Alabama State, and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

  19. Gwendolyn Boyd

    Gwendolyn Boyd
    Years
    1955-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd is an American scientist and university administrator. She served as president of Alabama State University from 2014 to 2016, and was previously national president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 2000 to 2004. Before entering administration she worked as a mechanical engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

  20. Rudy Hobbs

    Rudy Hobbs
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rudy Hobbs is an American politician from the state of Michigan. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a former member of Michigan House of Representatives.

  21. Natashia Holmes

    Natashia Holmes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Natashia Holmes is an American politician who served as the alderman of the 7th ward of the City of Chicago. Holmes was appointed by the Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, replacing Sandi Jackson, who resigned in January 2013 due to personal and legal problems. Holmes was sworn in on February 13, 2013.

  22. Gregg Northington

    Gregg Northington
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-2017 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Greggory D. "Poncho" Northington was an American professional basketball player. He emerged as a prospect while playing at Harry E. Wood High School in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he set an Indianapolis season scoring record during his senior year while he established himself as an outstanding defensive player. Northington received athletic scholarships offers from major universities nationally but ultimately committed to play for Murray State College, where he played his freshman season. He then transferred to play for the Alabama State Hornets, where he played for the rest of his collegiate career.