Capital To Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning January 19 | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Capital To Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning January 19


      Capital University will hold its 24th annual Day of Learning, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 19.

      The theme for this year’s celebration is Silent No More: The Empowered Community, which affirms the importance of giving voice and action to one’s values.

      Capital is honored to welcome as keynote speaker Cheryl Brown Henderson, one of the three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown who in the fall of 1950 along with 12 other parents, led by attorneys for the NAACP, filed suit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education. Their case joined with cases from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C., on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and on May 17, 1954, became known as the landmark decision; Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. 

      Brown Henderson is the founding president of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and owner of Brown & Associates educational consulting firm. She also serves as Coordinator of Coming of Age/RSVP Johnson County. She has extensive background in education, business and civic leadership, having served on and chaired various local, state and national Boards. In addition she has two decades of experience in political advocacy, public policy implementation and federal legislative development. Read more about her at

      The workshops offered on Capital’s campus not only will share a direct connection to the theme, but also will provide participants with information that should encourage them to take meaningful action against the many forms of injustice.

      Day of Learning festivities will begin with an 8 am community gathering in Harry C. Moores Student Union, followed by a 9 am convocation in Mees Hall. Brown Henderson will speak during convocation.
      Although the day’s events are coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the event belongs to the entire campus. Students, staff and faculty are instrumental to the success of the day’s events. On this day, we open our campus to the wider community of Central Ohio. Citizens are challenged by the keynote speaker, engaged in important dialogue with students, staff and faculty during the workshops, and enriched by the distinct culture of Capital University.

      Morning activities include the keynote and workshops, and afternoon offerings include storytelling and coloring activities at Kids Korner, selected works from The Schumacher Gallery’s African and Oceanic Collections and more.

      The Capital University Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning is part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative that asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. 

Please help leverage the power of service to make a difference in the lives of community members who struggle with hunger. Together we can reduce the level of hunger in Central Ohio. Please bring non-perishable food items with you to the event and drop them off in the food drive boxes located around campus. Proceeds will be donated to the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

      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. 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.
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.