Brennan Steele

Steele, Brennan AReginaldo Howard Scholar Duke University

2018 – Nashville, Tennessee

Brennan graduated from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School in Nashville, TN. Growing up in the South has proved to be particularly formative in his life, specifically when it comes to his academic and professional passions. This experiences lead to a double major in History and African/African-American studies and Education minor, with a passion for using the history of black education as a way for understanding the best ways to mitigate the issues that plague black K-12 student achievement today. He plans to dedicate his life to education, both on the classroom level and the policy and administration levels.

At Duke, Brennan is the music director for the gospel choir, United in Praise. He is also a member of the president’s student ambassador organization, Dukes and Duchesses. Additionally, he is a member of the Undergraduate Conduct Board. His time at Duke has included many being involved in many other organizations as well, including the Duke Chapter of the NAACP, Duke Black Men’s Union, Duke University Union, undergraduate research, and being a Resident Assistant.

Brennan’s time at Duke has been one of tremendous growth. Some of the most impactful Duke experiences he has had include traveling to South Africa through DukeImmerse to visit some of the landmarks from the Anti-Apartheid Struggle, studying abroad in London, England, and interning for the central office of DC Public Schools. None of this would have been possible without Duke or being a Reggie Howard Scholar, so he is forever grateful for the opportunity to attend such a great institution and represent an admirable namesake.