List of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania alumni
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This is a list of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania alumni by class year:
|Octavius Catto||1858||Catto was the class valedictorian in 1858 at the Institute for Colored Youth (later Cheyney University). An activist, Catto was influential in getting the 15th Amendment passed in 1870 which gave black men (but not black women) the right to vote. Catto is also the founder of the first black baseball team in the United States (The Philadelphia Pythians, 1867) and an early member of the National Equal Rights League (Oct. 1864).|
|Martha A. Fairbeau (Minton)||1859||First female graduate.|
|Joseph E. Lee||ca. 1863||Graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth (presently Cheyney University) in the early 1860s and received law degree from Howard University in 1873. He was admitted to the Florida bar that year and was one of the first black people to practice law in Florida. He was a member of the Florida House from 1875-1880 and the Florida Senate from 1881-82.|
|Rebecca J. Cole||1863||Graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth in 1863 (now Cheyney University). She graduated from Women's Medical College (now the Medical College of Pennsylvania) in 1867 with a medical degree. Cole was the second African-American woman physician in the United States and the first black woman to graduate from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania.|
|James B. Dudley||ca. 1870||Graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth around 1875 (now Cheyney University). For college Dudley attended Shaw College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Throughout his education he focused on learning to become an educator. In 1880, at age 21, Dudley passed the North Carolina state exam required to obtain a teacher's certificate. Later he attended Harvard summer school and gained an M.A. from Livingstone College and an LL.D. from Wilberforce University. Dudley became President of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1896 and held that position until his death in 1925.||Arnett, Ethel Stephens (1973). For Whom Our Public Schools Were Named, Greensboro, North Carolina. Piedmont Press. pp. 181–191.|
|Josephine Silone Yates||pre-1877||African American writer, teacher, and civil rights advocate whose primary education was at the Institute for Colored Youth (now Cheyney University).|
|Julian Abele||ca. 1896||Prominent African-American architect. Upon Abele's graduation in 1902 as the first black student in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Abele designed or contributed to the design of some 250 buildings, including Harvard’s Widener Memorial Library, Duke University, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Free Library, and many Gilded Age mansions in Newport and New York City.|
|Bayard Rustin||ca. 1937||Openly gay African-American civil rights activist|
|S. Howard Woodson||ca. 1938||First African-American to serve as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly since Reconstruction.|
|Marcus Foster||1947||African-American educator who gained a national reputation for educational excellence while serving as principal of Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Associate Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia, and as the first black Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California|
|Joseph M. Segars||ca. 1959||U.S. Ambassador to Cape Verde in 1996|
|Robert L. Woodson||1962||Neoconservative economic development activist with ties to administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.|
|Gladys Styles Johnston||1963||Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.|
|Ed Bradley||1964||Former CBS News journalist of the program 60 Minutes|
|Jim Vance||1964||Emmy Award-winning anchorman. Vance was inducted into the Journalists Hall of Fame.|
|William "Billy" Joe||1970||Coach Joe won 237 career games in 31 years of coaching at Cheyney (1972-1978), Central State of Ohio and FAMU, trailing only legendary Eddie Robinson of Grambling State in black-college football wins (408). He was the Pennsylvania State Conference Coach of the Year in 1978. Coach Joe was also the running backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-80). He helped mentor the Eagles to the 1980 Super Bowl. Coach Joe was also AFL Rookie of the Year with the Denver Broncos in 1963, and he a was member of New York Jets' Super Bowl winning team (1969)|
|Craig Welburn||1971||His company owns and operates 28 McDonalds restaurants, making it the largest African American owned/owner of these restaurants in the world and puts him in the top one percent of all McDonalds owners|
|Jim Ellis||1972||The inspiration behind the hit Hollywood movie Pride starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac.|
|Robert Bogle||1973||President/CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest black newspaper in circulation today.|
|Ronald S. Coleman||1973||Lieutenant General, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs for the United States Marine Corps; second three-star general of African-American heritage in the USMC.|
|Michael Horsey||1975||Former Democratic State Representative for the 190th district in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.|
|Bobby Byars||1976||Became the first football player from Cheyney to be selected in the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. After football, Bobby became the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Delaware Community College in Media Pa from 1984 to 1986 where they won PA Junior college championship in 1986. Later that year Bobby became the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lincoln University from 1986 to 2004||.|
|Samuel J. Patterson||ca. 1982||CEO of Shepard-Patterson Systems and Information Consulting Firm, now known as Veridyne, Inc.|
|Levy Lee Simon||ca. 1983||Award-winning playwright.|
|Andre Waters||1984||Former NFL player|
|Dave Warren||1986||Talk radio host; has worked at radio stations WCAU, WDAS and WHAT in Philadelphia area.|
|Randy Monroe||1987||Member of the Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame; current head coach of University of Maryland, Baltimore County men's basketball.|
|Thaddeus Kirkland||1991||State Representative for the 159th district in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.|
|James "Big Cat" Williams||ca. 1991||Former Chicago Bears player 1991-2002. He was an offensive right tackle eleven of his twelve years with the Bears, and played in the Pro Bowl.|
|Robert Traynham||1996||Openly gay political analyst and television personality on the Comcast Network, formerly an aide to U.S. Senator Republican Rick Santorum and president of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association.|
|Dominique Curry||ex 2009||Professional NFL player with the St. Louis Rams in 2010. Curry played three seasons for Cheyney University but graduated in 2009 from California University of Pennsylvania.||
- Images of Florida's Black History Archived August 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Josephine Silone Yates". Womenscouncil.org. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- "Julian Francis Abele Biography - Became First Black Graduate, Designed Harvard Yard Landmark, Portrait Hangs at Duke". Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- S. Howard Woodson (Obituary), New York Times.
- "Joseph Segars Biography". http://www.thehistorymakers.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18. External link in
- "Robert L. Woodson". Answers.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- 345 words. "Gladys Styles Johnston". Highbeam.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- Interview with Dave Warren and Al Butler of Acres of Diamonds, 2004, Geoclan.com.
- Randy Monroe, UMBC Retrievers.
- Thaddeus Kirkland (Democrat), Pennsylvania House of Representatives official website.
- Chicago Bears All-Decade Team, February 24, 2010, Windy City Gridiron.
- Putting the Special into Special Teams, September 15, 2010. Daily Local News of Chester County.