MLK Day of Learning | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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    Save the date for MLK Day of Learning at Capital University on Monday, January 21, 2019

    Dr. Joyce LadnerCapital University is pleased to announce its MLK Day of Learning Speaker will be sociologist Joyce Ladner, one of the nation’s pre-eminent thought leaders.

    Her career has been shaped through her first hand involvement with the civil rights movement in Mississippi and as a staff member that organized the March on Washington in 1963. She worked alongside Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders. In 1963 she was jailed for a week for attempting to integrate the all-white Galloway Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a native Mississippian and began her fight for social justice as a teenager when she helped organize an NAACP Youth Chapter in her hometown. She was expelled from Jackson State College in Mississippi for organizing a civil rights protest.

    She was a friend and worked with slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, as well as civil rights pioneers Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker. As a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Ladner was on the front lines of most of the major civil rights protests in the sixties including Greenwood, Birmingham, Albany, Selma and other dangerous areas and was on the stage when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech.

    Get directions, parking information, and a campus map
    ALL “S” and “F” lots will be open for parking without a permit on this special day.
    *S7 will be reserved for handicapped parking on Monday, January 21, 2019 before 8:45 a.m.
  • Schedule of Events - January 21, 2019

    8:00 AM Community Gathering
    The Capital Center
    8:50 AM Procession to Mees Hall 
    Departing from the Capital Center
    9:00 AM Convocation
    Conservatory of Music, Mees Hall

    Gay S. Steele Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Joyce Ladner, Civil Rights Activist and author
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Morning Campus Workshops (full schedule to come)
    Various locations on Campus

    Kids Korner (must be accompanied an adults)
    The Capital Center, Court #4
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM The Hank Marr Luncheon
    The Capital Center

    Tickets will be on sale in the lobby of the Capital Center from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $14 for those not on the university meal plan
    $12 for Capital faculty/staff with a current ID
    $12 for Seniors (those over 65)
    $6 for children 10 and younger.
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Schumacher Gallery
    Blackmore Library, Fourth Floor
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Campus Workshops 
    Various locations on Campus
    4:00 PM - 6: 00 PM Capital in the Sixties
    Mees Hall
    Join us for the premiere of Capital in the Sixties, a student-led project about Capital University from 1965-1975. Watch as Capital confronts the Vietnam War, the height of the Civil Rights movement, feminist issues and more.

    Workshop Topics

    • Q & A with Dr. Joyce Ladner
    • Achieving the College Dream: Find Your Purpose at Capital University
    • "What Is You Sayin'?: The Double Consciousness of The Black American
    • Identifying and Communicating Across Differences
    • Latinx in Solidarity: Fighting Mass Incarceration, Increasing Equity, and Dispelling Myths
    • Islam and Muslims in America
    • The Hidden History of African- Americans in Bexley
    • Tools to Empower Community Transformation
    • I'm Not Racist - Racism and Identity Politics in the Age of Political Correctness
    • The Minds of our Youth: Connecting Mental Health and Student Achievement
    • Achieve More & Give More! -Time Management Principles
    • GPS: Maintaining Harmony by Navigating Conflict In the Beloved Community
    • Don’t Touch My Hair: An Exploration of Hair, Culture, and Black Identity
    • King as a Preacher 

    » Download Full schedule with descriptions and locations  

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