List of Southern University alumni

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This is a list of notable Southern University alumni.

Athletes[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Mel Blount 1970 member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Lou Brock record-setting base-stealing Major League Baseball player
Harold Carmichael 1971 four-time NFL Pro-Bowler
Willie Davenport two-time gold medalist of U.S. Olympic track team
Donnie Davis 1962 former NFL, CFL and WFL player
Marvin Davis 1974 former NFL and CFL player and Grey Cup champion
Matthew Dorsett 1995 former pro football player, 1996 NFL
Kip Holden Mayor-President of Baton Rouge from 2005 - 2017
Rich Jackson 1966 member of the American Football League Hall of Fame
Avery Johnson 1988 1999 NBA Champion, 2006 NBA Coach of the Year, University of Alabama head basketball coach, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee
Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones President and baseball coach at Grambling State University from 1936 to 1977 [1]
Tyrone Jones 1983 former Canadian Football League all-star and MVP
Fred Lewis current Major League Baseball player
Bob Love former NBA all-star and second leading scorer in Chicago Bulls history
Rod Milburn track and field gold medalist at 1972 Munich Olympic Games
Jordan Miller 2011 current NFL defensive tackle
Bobby Phills NBA basketball player
Isiah Robertson 1971 six time NFL Pro-Bowler
Bernie Smith former Major League Baseball player
Donnell Smith 1971 former NFL player
Godwin Turk 1974 former NFL player
Rickie Weeks current Major League Baseball player
Aeneas Williams 1991 member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jerry Wilson 1995 former NFL player
Ken Winey 1987 former CFL player
Ken Ellis 1970 former NFL player Green Bay Packers
Tommie Green 1978 former NBA player New Orleans Jazz
Brian Johnson United States Olympic Long Jumper
Oliver Ford former 100m World Record Holder
John Williams Jr. former NFL player [2]
Lenny Williams 2004 former NFL and CFL player
Charlie Granger former NFL player [3]
Al Beauchamp 1968 former NFL Linebacker

Entertainers and personalities[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Randy Jackson 1979 musician, record producer, former American Idol judge
Lavell Crump 1997 aka David Banner; music recording artist, producer, actor
Faith Jenkins Miss Louisiana 2000, Miss America runner-up 2001, attorney, TV personality, star of Judge Faith
Alvin Batiste 1955 jazz artist and educator
Isiah Carey television news reporter
Maurice Brown jazz artist
Branford Marsalis jazz saxophonist

Politicians, judges and public officials[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Troy E. Brown Member of the Louisiana State Senate from 2012 until his resignation in 2017
Barbara West Carpenter Dean of international relations at Southern University; African-American Democrat member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2016 [4]
Mike Foster 2004 (Juris Doctor) 53rd governor of Louisiana
Melvin "Kip" Holden 1982;1985 first African-American mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dalton W. Honoré member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 63 in East Baton Rouge Parish since 2010 [5]
Diana Bajoie member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature (1976-2008); member of the New Orleans City Council (2012-2013) [6]
Kirt Bennett Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2003 [7]
Isiah M. Warner 1968 noted chemistry scholar and first African-American professor to serve as a chairman of LSU's chemistry department [8]
Jewel Prestage 1951 first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D in Political Science [9]
Jay Blossman 1991 (Juris Doctor) former member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission
Israel "Bo" Curtis Democrat member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008 and the Rapides Parish School Board from 1976 to 1992, former Alexandria educator and insurance agent, did graduate study at Southern [10]
Herbert B. Dixon Democrat member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2008 to 2014 and the Rapides Parish School Board from 1992 to 2008, did graduate study at Southern [11]
Irma Muse Dixon first African-American elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC)
Cleo Fields former state senator and U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district
Randal Gaines member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes since 2012 [12]
Hunter Greene 1994 (Juris Doctor) Republican former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, family court judge in East Baton Rouge Parish [13]
Marcus Hunter 2002 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 17 in Ouachita Parish [14]
Melvin Irvin member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 58 (based in Ascension Parish) from 1984 to 1988; educator and real estate developer, died in 2014 [15]
Alphonse J. Jackson 1951 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Caddo Parish, 1972-1992; owner of a public relations agency in Baton Rouge [16]
Edward C. James member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 101 in East Baton Rouge Parish; Baton Rouge lawyer [17]
William J. Jefferson former Representative, U.S. Congress
Okla Jones II federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Edmond Jordan Democratic member since 2016 of the Louisiana House of Representatives for West and East Baton Rouge parishes; lawyer in Brusly, Louisiana [18]
Isiah Leggett County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland
Robert M. Marionneaux Louisiana state senator since 2000 from Baton Rouge area [19]
Dustin Miller Pending study to be nurse practitioner African-American Democrat member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 40 in St. Landry Parish since 2016 [20]
Jewel Joseph Newman member of the East Baton Rouge City Parish Council, 1972-1984; member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1984-1988; community organizer in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge [21]
Abe E. Pierce, III 1956 first African-American mayor of Monroe, Louisiana (1996-2000) [22]
Vincent Pierre state representative for Lafayette Parish since 2012 [23]
Chris Roy, Jr. 1987 attorney, former state legislator from Rapides and Vernon parishes [24]
Jesse N. Stone attorney, educator, served as Dean of the Southern University Law Center and as president of Southern University
Dorothy Mae Taylor first African-American woman to serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1971-1980 [25]
Ledricka Thierry 1999 state representative for St. Landry Parish since 2009 [26]
Thomas Taylor Townsend state representative from Natchitoches Parish (2000-2008) [27]
Pinkie C. Wilkerson Louisiana House of Representatives (1992-2000) [28]
Alfred C. Williams 1972 member of the Louisiana House from Baton Rouge since 2012; former school board member and attorney
Patrick C. Williams state representative for Caddo Parish since 2007 [29]
Tom Willmott Louisiana House of Representatives from Jefferson Parish since 2008 [30]

Military commanders[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Joe N. Ballard Lieutenant General (retired), first African-American Chief of Engineers and Commander, United States Army Corps of Engineers
Sherian Grace Cadoria Brigadier General (retired), first African-American female to reach the rank of General in U.S. Army
Russel L. Honoré Lieutenant General who commanded the U.S. military support of recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/john-williams-player
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  4. ^ "Barbara W. Carpenter". intelius.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dalton W. Honoré". house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Diana E. Bajoie: 2006 Honoree". dom.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Willmarine B. Hurst, "A New Breed with New Vision and New Leadership for a New Louisiana", May 30, 2003, at kirtbennett.com
  8. ^ https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/osi/meet-vp-isiah-warner/
  9. ^ http://www.subr.edu/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/658
  10. ^ "Israel "Bo" Curtis obituary". The Alexandria Town Talk. February 24, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Herbert Bernard Dixon". intelius.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Randal L. Gaines' Biography" Check |url= value (help). Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rep. Greene, Hunter (R)". mobilelgs.com. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-LA". al--ala.capwiz.com. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Melvin Irvin, Jr., obituary". Baton Rouge Advocate. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Alphonse Jackson, Jr.". Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Edward C. "Ted" James, II". house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Edmond Jordan Announces Candidacy for Louisiana House District 29". swagher.net. July 15, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Unglesby & Marionneaux". unglesbyandmrionneaux.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ Cheryl Devall (April 12, 2015). "Dustin Miller makes it four candidates for District 40". The Opelousas Daily World. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Jewel Joseph Newman". Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ James O. McHenry, The Indigenous Black People of Monroe, Louisiana and the Surrounding Cities, Towns, and Villages: A 100-Year Documentary, pp. 174-182. Self-published, 2010: ISBN 978-1-4535-8859-8. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
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  24. ^ "Christopher J. Roy". mobilelgs.com. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ Michael Radcliff (June 14, 2011). "Remembering Dorothy Mae Taylor: The First Lady of 1300 Perdido St.". The Louisiana Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
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  29. ^ "Patrick Williams". house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Rep. Tom Willmott". lmgma.capwiz.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011.