Tennessee State University

Discover the notable alumni of Tennessee State University. The list includes people like Oprah Winfrey, Wilma Rudolph, Erika Costell, Hillary Scott & Brandon Heath. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as sportspersons, musicians, media personalities, singers and fashion etc.
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Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
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Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

 2 
Wilma Rudolph
(The First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals in a Single Olympic Games)
Wilma Rudolph
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

 3 
Hillary Scott
(singer-songwriter, songwriter, singer)
Hillary Scott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville

Hillary Scott is a singer and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular American country music group Lady A for which she currently serves as the co-lead singer. Over the years, Scott has played a major role in the success of the group, which has won many awards like the Academy of Country Music Awards and American Country Awards. 

 4 
Vivien Thomas
(Surgeon)
Vivien Thomas
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 26, 1985

Vivien Theodore Thomas was laboratory supervisor who never went to college; yet he rose above poverty and racism to develop a procedure for treating cyanotic heart disease. Initially billed as janitor, he began his career as assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock first at Nashville University and later at Johns Hopkins, and in time discovered the life-saving technique, eventually becoming a teacher of operative techniques.

 5 
Robert Covington
(Basketball player)
Robert Covington
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bellwood, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 6 
Anthony Mason
(Basketball Player)
Anthony Mason
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: February 28, 2015
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 7 
Moses Gunn
(Actor)
Moses Gunn
5
Birthdate: October 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: December 16, 1993
 8 
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
(American football player)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 9 
Ed Jones
(Football player)
Ed Jones
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 10 
Wyomia Tyus
(Olympic Athlete)
Wyomia Tyus
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Frank McRae
(Actor, American Football Player)
Frank McRae
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 29, 2021
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 12 
Steve Moore
(ice hockey player)
Steve Moore
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thornhill
 13 
Dick Barnett
(Basketball player)
Dick Barnett
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 14 
Lakatriona Brunson
(Actress)
Lakatriona Brunson
2
Birthdate: May 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 15 
Brandon Heath
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Brandon Heath
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nashville
 16 
Adrian Meronk
(Golfer)
Adrian Meronk
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 17 
Hank Crawford
(Songwriter)
Hank Crawford
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 29, 2009
 18 
Carl Rowan
(Journalist)
Carl Rowan
0
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ravenscroft, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 23, 2000
 19 
Jimmy Blanton
(Bassist)
Jimmy Blanton
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 5, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 1942
 20 
Jaime Nared
(Basketball player)
Jaime Nared
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 21 
Ed Temple
(Coach)
Ed Temple
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 22, 2016