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.
One campus tour was all it took for Richard Chandler to make the life-changing decision to attend Morehouse College – and it didn’t take long for him to feel the brotherhood which the College prides itself on cultivating.
“It was the first tour where I saw Black men going to class in suits and taking time to make sure I was enjoying the visit,” Chandler remembers. “It was for sure a culture shock. I will never forget a student saying, ‘little bro, come here!’ I knew by that statement that I was at home.”
The Louisville, Kentucky native is coming to Morehouse from Waggener High School with leadership experience as well as a host of academic and service awards to justify it.
In addition to being named the 2021 YMCA Youth Achiever of the Year, Mayor’s Outstanding Senior and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Student of the Year for South Central Province, Chandler was a Morgan Stanley Success scholarship recipient and served as the Kappa League president and Jack & Jill chapter president.
He’s well-accomplished for his age and acknowledges that his experiences will guide his forthcoming journey at Morehouse as a biology major.
“I believe a leader is a person who can work with a team for a common goal, and I hope to show that there are many ways you can lead in different settings and with different people,” he says.
First step, though, is to get acclimated with the College.
“My goal when I first arrive is to finally meet my brothers in person and learn the lay of the land,” he says. “I know coming to Morehouse I will find a brother who will challenge me mentally and make sure I am taken care of.”