MLK Day of Learning | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • This year's MLK Day of Learning will be an all-virtual Event.

    All are welcome to participate in the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning at Capital University on Monday, January 17. The theme of this event is “This Little Light of Mine,” an anthem during the civil rights movement and a song that reminds us that we all have a light inside of us that shines bright. The opening convocation and workshops will be offered through a Zoom platform. All registrants must register as virtual attendees and additional information about Zoom will be sent to everyone who registers.

    Register Here (Required)

    Keynote Speaker (pre-recorded)

    Hanif AbdurraqibHanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House, and won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize. His newest release, A Little Devil In America, was published with Random House in 2021. In 2021, Abdurraqib was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School. 

    Books by the author


    Capital encourages the CapFam and local community members to help promote equal access to educational resources by donating needed items to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center and other local organizations. Drop off boxes will be located in the Student Union on January 17th and January 18th.

    Donate paperback books to donate to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. Franklin County is one of the America Reads partners. Every year, youth that reside there participate in tutoring sessions facilitated by Capital University students to improve in reading, writing and math skills. As the number of staff has been reduced, the youth are confined to their living quarters for longer periods of time and reading is an activity that continues to bring joy throughout these un-precedented times. Requested books can be found below.

    • “Bone Graphic Novels” by Jeff Smith
    • “Beautiful Creatures Series Mortal Instruments Series” by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl
    • “Opposite of Always” by Justin Reynolds
    • “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
    • “Paper Towns” by John Green
    • “Harry Potter Series” by J.K. Rowlings
    • “Divergent Series” by Veronica Roth
    • “Maximum Ride Series” by James Patterson
    • “Message in a Bottle” by Nicholas Sparks
    • “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
    • “I am Number Four Series” by Jobie Hughes and James Frey
    • “Roots” by Alex Haley

    Donate school supplies for America Reads students and other partner sites, including Sullivant Gardens, Beatty Community Center, and Fedderson Recreation Cen-ter. Students are in most need of #2 pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders, and colored pencils.

    Planning Committee

    • Jennifer Adams
    • Cynthia Carroll
    • Bree Chambers
    • Audrey Chilton
    • Tristen Davis
    • Autumn Davis-Hammonds
    • Robert Fleming
    • Madeline Gautreaux
    • Eva George
    • Jewel Golphin
    • Sarah Griffin
    • Lauren Hunsinger
    • Susan Hunter
    • Carol Johnson
    • Thomas Johnston
    • Jennifer Kelly
    • Ayana Lewis
    • Suzanne Marilley
    • Kayce Martin
    • Maria Martin
    • Rebecca Mohr
    • Sherry Mong
    • Ramya Ravisankar
    • Matt Rhyand
    • Ethan Scheck
    • Lindsay Schmitt
    • Krupa Shah
    • Alexis Shannon
    • Andrew Tucker
    • Kokila Varadarajan
    • Shaunda Vasudev 
    • Jennifer Vrobel
    • Ashley Waltermeyer
    • Morgan Wiley
    • Sophia Wilson

    2022 Nelson W. Trout Lecture

    “Excavating and (Re)Forming Leadership from within the Community”
    Bishop Yehiel Curry, Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    The Trout Lectures honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996). He was a Trinity Lutheran Seminary alumnus, a member of the Trinity faculty, and the first African American elected to serve as a Lutheran bishop. His vibrant preaching and commitment to social ministry inspired hundreds of seminary students and touched thousands of lives. As always, this year's Lectures are held in his honor.

    Registration is free but required. For more information, click here.

    COVID-19 Response

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning will be virtual event. Our priority is the health and safety of our campus and guests. The University’s COVID Response Team continues to monitor data on COVID, public health guidance, and internal data on transmission and vaccination.