Welcome to our 2025 Spotlights! We have REUNITED and welcome the classes of 2024 and 2025 to our hallowed grounds in person for the first time. The men of Morehouse showcased in this series are a selection [from the many] students who exemplify the quintessential Morehouse student: enterprising, audacious, inquisitive, tenacious, creative, and unapologetic. The College is shining a light from its hilltop on the scholars who will soon be carrying the torch themselves.
The classroom is home for 18-year-old Landymn Steele. At Columbus Africentric Early College, the Columbus, Ohio native was surrounded by Black men who influenced and inspired him to be greater and possess the drive to be successful in all his pursuits.
“Although many students never have the opportunity to be taught by a Black male teacher, they were everywhere in my school,” Steele said. “My football coaches, mentors, history teacher, the school administrators, etc. were all unapologetically Black men. I may not know my biological father, but God definitely placed more than enough strong men in my life so that I would maintain my path towards success.”
The lessons he gained from these Black men guided his decision to apply to Morehouse College and attend an institution that nurtures young Black men to be leaders in their communities. Steele plans to pay it forward to the many teachers that guided and supported him both academically and personally by pursuing a degree in secondary education with a minor in Africana Studies. He wants to teach history after graduating.
“To be able to sit in the seats and classrooms where brothers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and more have sat in is a blessing. I aspire to be like Dr. King, a man who put the needs of his people before his own,” Steele said. “So, in my opinion, Morehouse is the only college that I trust to help mold me into the man I know I will become.”
Steele’s leadership profile runs long. In four years of high school, he was a three-time class president, member of several organizations including the National Honor Society, Columbus Youth Council, and National Society of High School Scholars, in addition to being ranked 4th in his graduating class. His academic prowess led to him earning several scholarships to cover his tuition at Morehouse.
For Steele, it’s important that he develops into an exemplary Morehouse Man by managing his studies, getting involved in student organizations that promote social activism, and embracing the brotherhood that is Morehouse.
“Walking into my first classroom as a certified African American Studies teacher is the future I see for myself. I also want to create an after-school program for students from low-income backgrounds or absent parents, and even owning my own school specifically for African-American children,” Steele said. “Morehouse is a gate that beckons me with open opportunities, and I’m ready to indulge.”