Capital University will present its 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning on Monday, January 21. The keynote speaker for the daylong campus- and community-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy will be the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, founder of Empowerment Temple, a Baltimore-based church and ministry through which Bryant empowers believers through educational and spiritual development, exposure to different cultures, political activity and economic strength.
Founded in 2000 with fewer than 50 members, the Empowerment Temple now boasts a membership of more than 10,000 and includes itself among the fastest growing churches in the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read more about Bryant and Empowerment Temple at www.jamalbryant.org or at the bottom of this page.
Day of Learning festivities will begin with an 8 am community gathering in Schneider Commuter Lounge, located in Harry C. Moores Campus Center, followed by a 9 am convocation in Mees Hall. Bryant will speak during convocation. The theme for this day of service and learning is Dream. Live. Change: 50 Years Beyond the I Have a Dream Speech, which recognizes the 50-year anniversary of the historic speech Dr. King delivered in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Building on last year’s initiative to make service an important component of its annual MLK Day of Learning, Capital is proud to have been selected to receive the 2013 MLK Day of Service Collegiate Challenge grant. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama’s national call for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
This year, Capital University will collaborate with First English Lutheran Church and other community organizations to use the power of service to collect canned food items, provide breakfast to the Near East Side community, and to teach youth about nutrition, exercise and healthy habits during MLK Day Kids Korner.
A series of conversations and special events will take place throughout the day in classrooms and gathering places across campus, including:
- more than a dozen community workshops, which will run concurrently from 10:30 to noon;
- storytelling and coloring activities at Kids Korner from 11 am to 2 pm;
- selected works from The Schumacher Gallery’s African and Oceanic Collections, from 1 to 4 pm;
- a multimedia collection featuring works by and about Dr. King in the Blackmore Library;
- special Inauguration Day panel discussion at 1 pm in Schneider Multipurpose Room, located in the Campus Center; and
- a dramatic performance by Act on Racism (AOR), a student-oriented anti-racism theater troupe anchored in the tradition of the theater of the oppressed, from 2 to 4 pm in Huntington Recital Hall. Revealing the ways in which racism and racial inequality operate in the U.S., members of AOR gather stories from community members (professors, students, parents, and friends) about their experiences with prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, institutional marginalization and exclusion. Through intensive practice, member-actors negotiate ways to dramatize these stories, increasing awareness of racism and extending dialogue among young audiences.
As always, the traditional Hank Marr Jazz Luncheon, which this year will feature Bobby Floyd, Reggie Jackson, Rob Parton, and Gene Walker, will take place in the Capital Court, located on the second floor of the Campus Center. The cost for the lunch is $13.25 for those not on a Capital meal plan, and $8 for children 12 and under. Lunch tickets will be on sale in Mees Hall from 8 to 9 am and in the Post Office Lobby of the Campus Center from 10:30 am to 1 pm. All other events are free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to consider donating one canned food item to help combat hunger in Central Ohio.
By commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King through service and learning, the Capital community is strengthened and its respect for human dignity is reinforced. As in past years, normal class meeting times on the Bexley campus will be suspended between 8 am and 4 pm to encourage the entire campus community to participate in the Day of Learning.
About the speaker
Radical, revolutionary, innovative, outspoken, anointed, and cutting-edge are some of the ways the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant has been described. Bryant believes that the entire community should be empowered in every aspect of life. He has opened an elementary school and adult learning facility to empower through education.
Economically, he teaches every member to be creditworthy by having a clean credit record, along with the tools to become entrepreneurs. He is also moving to open a chain of black-owned and operated gas stations called Power Gas. His church has now registered more voters than any other church in the city of Baltimore to empower followers politically. He has championed many issues and corrected politicians that have lost focus.
Culturally, Empowerment Temple offers worshipers opportunities to engage in ministry through mime Ministry, Hip-Hop dance, poetry and drama. The core of Empowerment Temple is spiritual empowerment shown through its three services on Sunday morning, a thriving Sunday School, a Children’s Church with an in-depth curriculum, as well as Tuesday Bible study where hundreds come to learn more about the word.
Bryant is a loyal pastor with a global mission to empower the world through the word. Millions around the nation, the Caribbean, and London watch his Got Power television broadcast. He has appeared on BET, CNN, CSPAN, and Politically Incorrect. He has been quoted in or contributed to publications such as Emerge, Sister to Sister, USA Today and The Source, and Ebony magazine called him “one of America’s future leaders.” He has participated in two of Tavis Smileys’ Town Hall meetings on “The State of Black America.”