MLK Day of Learning | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Thank you for sharing your MLK Day with us!

    MLK 2021

    On behalf of Capital University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their MLK Day with us. Whether you attend convocation, participated in our morning and afternoon workshops, or tuned in to our very special conversation with Gay Steele and David Murry, we say thank you! You helped make Capital University's 30th Annual MLK Day of Learning a great success! We would also like to thank all the workshop presenters for the information shared and the open discussions they created for our community in the representation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

    As we continue to celebrate his legacy each year through our MLK Day of Learning we look forward to enhancing your experience with input from you. Please take a moment to complete the short evaluation of yesterday’s event by utilizing the link:

    Thank you,
    MLK Day of Learning Planning Committee 

    Recap our Virtual MLK Day of Learning at Capital University on Monday, January 18, 2021

    Trey Ellis HeadshotCapital University is pleased to announce its MLK Day of Learning Speaker will be award winning filmmaker and novelist, Trey Ellis

    He is a two-time Emmy and Peabody winning filmmaker, American Book Award winning novelist, NAACP Image award winning playwright, essayist and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.  Most recently, he was an Executive Producer and Interviewer for the HBO documentaries True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality and King in the Wilderness. His screenplay Holy Mackerel! is one of the highest ever rated on Franklin Leonard’s Black Some of his other screenplays include The Tuskegee Airmen for HBO and Good Fences for Showtime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay. His works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs and Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood.  His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, GQ and Vanity Fair and he has contributed audio commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered. His play, Fly, was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Institute and continues to be performed around the country including Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse and the New Victory Theater in New York. 

    Please join us on Monday, Jan. 18, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Capital University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning. The theme of the 2021 event is “Why We Still Can’t Wait,” a reflection on Dr. King’s 1964 book about nonviolence and the struggle against racial segregation – a topic that is just as relevant today as it was 56 years ago.

    Even though the 2021 event will take place virtually, students, staff, faculty, and members of the Central Ohio community will have an opportunity to be challenged by the keynote speaker, engage in meaningful dialogue during the workshops, and enjoy music that will touch the soul.

    MLK Day of Learning Schedule At A Glance:

    HBO Documentary – "King in the Wilderness"
    Sunday, January 17, 2021

    Everyone who registers for the day will have the opportunity to view the HBO documentary, "King in the Wilderness," executive produced by our Keynote Speaker, Trey Ellis. You will receive a link that can be used on Sunday, January 17, 2021 through your web browser for viewing.

    Monday, January 18, 2021 – Opening Convocation – 9:00 AM
    Opening Convocation will begin at 9AM with jubilant musical selections from the Capital University Chapel Choir, directed by Dr. Lynda Hasseler, guest artists; Terrence J. Dooley & Testimony and LaTiah Lilly. It will culminate with our 2021 Gay S. Steele Keynote Address from Trey Ellis.

    Workshops – 11:00AM and 2:00PM
    Various workshops available to highlight our theme, “Why We Still Can’t Wait”.

    Reflections of a Dream with Gay Steele and David Murray – 12:45PM – 1:45PM
    Reflections of a Dream: MLK Day of Learning 30 Years Later is a special opportunity to hear from Gay Steele and David Murray as they reflect on the creation and growth of this event that has lasted 30 years.

    Kids Korner 11:00AM and 2:00PM
    Kids Korner is a virtual place for your children to join in, during our workshop times. Capital Students and Organizations will have five different options of content to keep youth of all ages engaged while parents and guardians enjoy their workshops. Kids Korner links can be accessed on your youth’s device of choice and they can enjoy age-appropriate content!

    Schumacher Gallery

    Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement is an exhibit hosted by the Schumacher Gallery from January 18, 2021 to March 27, 2021. The gallery will also be hosting #ArtUnitesCbus photographers in conjunction with the Greater Columbus Arts Council. This exhibit highlights photos taken during this past summer during the Black Lives Matter projects downtown. The gallery is located on the fourth floor of Capital University’s Blackmore Library.