MLK Day Events
  • The Hank Marr Jazz Luncheon

    11 am to 1 pm, Harry C. Moores Student Union, Capital Court

    During the planning of the first Capital University Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning in January 1992, Dr. Bob Breithaupt suggested a southern style dinner much like one Dr. King may have enjoyed on a Sunday following church services. Dr. Breithaupt agreed to assemble a group of local musicians that included Hank Marr.

    Mr. Marr was born on January 30, 1927, in a section of Columbus known then as Flytown. At an early age, he developed an interest in the piano, and continued playing and performing with the Sammy Hopkins Trio and Rusty Bryant bands. The Hank Marr Trio was formed in the mid-1950s with Mr. Marr on the increasingly popular B-3 organ. He joined King Records in 1961 and recorded seven albums. Mr. Marr continued with his art, gaining immense popularity through the years. He remained a central part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning Jazz Luncheon until his death in 2004. The luncheon is now named in his honor and features several of his fellow musicians, including Bob Breithaupt, Bobby Floyd, Byron Stripling and Gene Walker.

    Cost: $14 for adults; $8 children 10 and under

    Ongoing Events

    10:30 am to 4 pm

    Service Project

    2 pm, The Capital Center, located at the corner of Mound Street and Pleasant Ridge Avenue

    Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will. 

    – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Capital University will leverage the power of service to make a difference in the lives of community members who struggle with hunger. Join us at 2 pm in The Capital Center as we collect and box non-perishable food items donated during our two-month canned food drive campaign.
     » Learn more about the Service Project. 

    Selected Works from The Schumacher Gallery’s African and Oceanic Collection

    1 to 5 pm, The Schumacher Gallery, located on the top floor of Blackmore Library on Capital's Bexley campus

    Through recent generous gifts The Schumacher Gallery has acquired a significant number of African and Oceanic works which have added to the rich diversity of the gallery’s permanent collections and bolstered its growing reputation for ethnic art. 


    Although their dramatic presence gives them widely recognized appeal, the significance of these works does not derive from aesthetic merit alone. Specific beliefs vary among the cultures represented here, but it is widely accepted that objects have an energy or life-force that can be harnessed, activated and controlled for the benefit of the community. 

    Through continuing study and educational use of the works in the collection, it is hoped that individuals can appreciate the differences and similarities of cultures and peoples, leading to greater understanding and harmony.

    Blackmore Library Exhibit

    All day

    Stop by Blackmore Library to peruse books, films, DVDs and posters featuring works by and about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Admission Office Visits and Campus Tours

    11 am  to 4 pm, Admission and Welcome Center

    Stop in and visit with representatives from the Admission Office and Welcome Center and learn more about Capital University, its academic and co-curricular programs and all that it has to offer. 

    Admission Film Presentation and Panel Discussion: First Generation 

    1 pm to 4 pm, Ruff Memorial Learning Center, Bridge of Learning 

    Synopsis from firstgenerationfilm.com, the film's official website: "Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.  

    "Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation's top educational experts, including Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California, this 95-minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation."   

    The film will be followed by discussion panel.


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