25 Notable alumni of
Jackson State University

Jackson State University is 1329th in the world, 476th in North America, and 448th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 25 notable alumni from Jackson State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Walter Payton

    Walter Payton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-1999 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Walter Jerry Payton was an American professional football player who was a running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. A nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, Payton is remembered as a prolific rusher, once holding records for career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. He was also versatile; he retired with the most receptions by a non-receiver, and he had eight career touchdown passes. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame that same year, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019. Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being.

  2. James Meredith

    James Meredith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    civil rights advocatelawyer
    Biography

    James Howard Meredith is an American civil rights activist, writer, political adviser, and Air Force veteran who became, in 1962, the first African-American student admitted to the racially segregated University of Mississippi after the intervention of the federal government (an event that was a flashpoint in the civil rights movement). Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

  3. Cassandra Wilson

    Cassandra Wilson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    jazz musicianrecording artistjazz singersongwriter
    Biography

    Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. She has been described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack [who has] expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country, and folk music into her work.

  4. Bennie Thompson

    Bennie Thompson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Enrolled in Jackson State University
    In 1972 graduated with Master of Science
    Occupations
    politicianteacher
    Biography

    Bennie Gordon Thompson is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district since 1993. A member of the Democratic Party, Thompson has been the chair of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2019 and from 2007 to 2011. He was both the first Democrat and the first African American to chair the committee. He is the dean of Mississippi's congressional delegation.

  5. Bill Evans

    Bill Evans
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    William Howard Evans is an American meteorologist and the former weatherman for WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York City.

  6. Dorothy Moore

    Dorothy Moore
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Dorothy Moore is an American blues, gospel, and R&B singer best known for her 1976 hit song, "Misty Blue".

  7. Kiese Laymon

    Kiese Laymon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    novelistwriter
    Biography

    Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Rice University. He is the author of three full-length books: a novel, Long Division, and two memoirs, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (2013) and the award-winning Heavy: An American Memoir (2018).

  8. Robert Brazile

    Robert Brazile
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Robert Lorenzo Brazile Jr. is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Nicknamed "Dr. Doom", Brazile played from 1975 to 1984 for the Houston Oilers and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

  9. Cornell William Brooks

    Cornell William Brooks
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Cornell William Brooks is an American lawyer and activist. He was chosen to be the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in May 2014. He previously served as president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey, and as executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.

  10. Rod Paige

    Rod Paige
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Roderick Raynor Paige served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, moved from college football coach and classroom teacher to college dean and school superintendent to be the first African American to serve as the U.S. education chief.

  11. Audie Norris

    Audie Norris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    basketball coachbasketball player
    Biography

    Audie James Norris is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. Norris played for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, from 1982 to 1985. His former teammate Mychal Thompson, who is the father of Klay Thompson, gave him the nickname "The Atomic Dog", because of his brutal in-game dunks.

  12. Carlton W. Reeves

    Carlton W. Reeves
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Carlton Wayne Reeves is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

  13. Dave Clark

    Dave Clark
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    David Earl Clark is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 1998. He most recently served as the first base coach and outfield instructor for the Detroit Tigers. He served as manager of the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, from 2005 to 2007, and led them to the Texas League Championship in 2006. He also served as the manager of the Houston Astros' Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express and served as the manager for the Huntsville Stars, the double-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the interim Manager for the Houston Astros at the end of the 2009 season.

  14. Emmelie Prophète

    Emmelie Prophète
    Born in
    Haiti Flag Haiti
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    writerpoetjournalist
    Biography

    Emmelie Prophète is a Haitian writer and diplomat.

  15. George Flaggs Jr

    George Flaggs Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    George Flaggs Jr. is an American politician and the incumbent Mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi. An Independent Politician, Flaggs won his first term as mayor in 2013 and was reelected in 2017. Flaggs was once again reelected in 2021.

  16. Curt Ford

    Curt Ford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Curtis Glenn Ford, is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, from 1985 through 1990.

  17. Vasti Jackson

    Vasti Jackson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    record producersinger-songwriter
    Biography

    Vasti Jackson is an American electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. He has also been the musical director, and guitarist for Z. Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Katie Webster, plus Jackson has worked with those involved in gospel music including the Williams Brothers, the Jackson Southernaires, and Daryl Coley.

  18. Erik R. Fleming

    Erik R. Fleming
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Erik Robert Fleming is an American politician who was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District (which includes parts of Hinds and Madison counties) from 1999 to 2008. He was the Democratic nominee for one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. He faced incumbent Republican Thad Cochran in the November 4, 2008 general election, and was defeated. Erik is now Director of Policy with the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and continues to advocate for the citizens of Mississippi.

  19. Judy Sullivan

    Judy Sullivan
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Judy Sullivan is an American retired biomedical engineer who worked for NASA during the Apollo 11, Apollo 10, Apollo 9, Apollo 8 and Gemini 12 missions. For the Apollo 9 and Apollo 11 missions, she was lead biomedical engineer. Sullivan was the only woman in her department, and one of only a relative few women working for NASA in a technical role at that time. She was the first woman engineer hired by NASA for spacecraft testing.

  20. Mattie Hunter

    Mattie Hunter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mattie Hunter is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 3rd district since 2003. She is the Senate secretary for the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and the Senate majority caucus whip. Hunter is also the 20th Ward Democratic Committeewoman.

  21. Rosalind Peychaud

    Rosalind Peychaud
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rosalind Magee Peychaud is a Democratic former state representative for Louisiana House of Representatives District 91 (which she represented from 2002 to 2004). In 2009 Peychaud became deputy chief of staff for U.S. Representative Joseph Cao, a Republican who represented Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. She served in his New Orleans district office.

  22. Emmett C. Burns, Jr

    Emmett C. Burns, Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2022 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Emmett C. Burns Jr. was an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He served five terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Maryland's District 10 in Baltimore County. Burns was a member of the Economic Matters Committee.

  23. Felicia C. Adams

    Felicia C. Adams
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Felicia C. Adams is an American attorney who served as United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi from 2011 to 2017.

  24. Hillman Terome Frazier

    Hillman Terome Frazier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hillman Terome Frazier is an American politician who is a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate; he has represented the 27th District since 1993. A Protestant, he is married to the former Jean Clayton. From 1980 until 1993 he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives; he has also previously participated in Leadership Jackson. Eisenhower Fellowships selected Hillman Terome Frazier as a U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellow in 1998.

  25. Reuben D. Jones

    Reuben D. Jones
    Biography

    Reuben D. Jones is a retired United States Army major general. In his final assignment, he served as the deputy commanding general of operations for the Installation Management Command from June 3, 2011, to Dec. 3, 2012.