Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning at Capital University | Capital University


  • Save the date for MLK Day of Learning at Capital University on Monday, January 16, 2017

    Wil Haygood, Pulitzer nominee, award-winning author and reporter, will be the keynote speaker at this year's MLK Day of Learning

    Wil HaygoodBest known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, The Butler, which was sparked from his Washington Post article. The movie attracted an impressive audience due to the creative writing by Haygood and performances by Academy Award winners Forest Whittaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. He worked for 30 years at two of the most premier papers in America (The Boston Globe and The Washington Post); during that time, he witnessed Nelson Mandela’s release after 27 years of imprisonment, was taken hostage by Somalian rebels, covered New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina for 33 straight days without a break, traveled with Barack Obama, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 

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  • Schedule of Events - January 16, 2017

    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
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Morning Campus Workshops 
    Various locations on Campus - See Workshop Schedule below

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

    Lunch is $14 for those not on the university meal plan; $12 for Capital faculty/staff with a current ID; and $6 for children 10 and younger.
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Campus Workshops 
    Various locations on Campus - See Workshop Schedule below

    Admission Tour of Campus
    Immediately following Jae Denson's afternoon workshop, "Achieving the College Dream"  - See Workshop Schedule below
    4:00 PM African- American Alumni Gathering
    Schneider Room- Student Union


    The morning workshops will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon workshops will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Below is what we have in store for the day. Event attendees will receive a full program with precise times on the day of the event.

    Workshop: Q & A and book signing with Wil Haygood
    Facilitator: Wil Haygood
    Location: Huntington Recital Hall/ Mees Auditorium
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Following the keynote address by Wil Haygood, there will be an opportunity for individuals to continue in dialogue with the speaker. In a more intimate setting, participants can ask questions about the keynote address as well as purchase his book. Mr. Haygood will also be available to autograph purchased books.
    Workshop: Achieving the College Dream: Admission and Financial Aid Roadmap to Success
    Facilitator: Jae Denson
    Location: Student Union- Schneider South
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    This session is designed to assist students and their families to better navigate the college application process. We will cover key areas and terminology that every student interested in attending college should be familiar with; as well as provide an in-depth review of financial aid and scholarship opportunities for underrepresented populations at Capital. Lastly, we identify community resources, tools, and programs that help students of color successfully transition to Capital such as the Smooth Transitions program which day pre-orientation program, designed to support the introduction, matriculation and retention of underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital University.
    Workshop: Mobilizing the Mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Facilitator: Taelor Gray
    Location: Blackmore Library (119)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    This workshop is an interactive survey of the ideas and philosophies Dr. King articulated in his renowned "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." we will carefully explore, from Dr. King's own words, three components of his mission: 1) His audience 2) His agenda 3) His intentional actions. Using Dr. King’s words as inspiration, this workshop will help to mobilize participants toward informed engagement with social issues and explore why it is critically important to let Dr. King speak for himself, rather than re-imagining him and his mission on the basis of who we want him to be.
    Workshop: "Becoming King" - The Play
    Facilitator: Cedric Gegel
    Location: Troutman Hall (114) 
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    This workshop is actually a one act play highlighting very imperative yet, lesser known events that transpired during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s formative years, beginning with his final year at Crozer Theological Seminary before heading to Boston University’s School of Theology. King encounters racism both subtle and overt, and begins to see the world in a new and refreshing light. Join us for this world-premiere production performed by Capital University students!
    Workshop: Islam and Muslims in America
    Facilitator: Ajmal Shamim
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 103) 
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Please join us for this very timely and informative interactive presentation, which will help participants of all awareness levels understand Islam and Muslims in American better. We will discuss how faith plays an active role in combating fear and collectively explore the best approaches for combating Islamophobia. Please bring your questions and prepare to engage in a meaningful conversation targeted for all age groups and people of all backgrounds. 
    Workshop: Intersection of Poverty and Child Welfare
    Facilitator: Judy Goldstein
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 07) 
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    In this workshop we will conduct an in-depth discussion of how our current understanding of poverty affects the rights, freedoms, and future of inner city youth. We will explore the following:
    1. The State of child welfare today, including statistics.
    2. Parental constitutional rights and reunification efforts
    3. Lack of available services, transportation, ability to relocate, and legal representation 
    4. Effects of poverty on mental illness
    5. Effects of poverty on kids in the child welfare system – physical and mental health issues
    Workshop: Combating Fake News: Critical Consumption and Digital Citizenship
    Facilitator: Autumm Caines
    Location: Blackmore Library (110)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Headlines about fake news influencing the US as a nation are everywhere and not knowing what is real and what is fake can instill fear and inaction. As citizens spend more time in online environments we need to consider what it means to be a digital citizen. Often, we only think about our responsibilities around sharing information on the internet; what are our responsibilities as consumers of digital media? To be empowered individuals need to have tools for discerning the difference between what is real and what is not. In this workshop we will explore digital identities, consider how our attention is directed in digital environments and by digital notifications, and build basic digital literacies that can help us better distinguish fact from fiction online. This workshop will not tell participants what the truth is but rather give them basic tools and practices so that they can begin to make that distinction for themselves.
    Workshop: Why Don't you Understand Me?
    Facilitator: Dr. Mitsu Narui
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 102)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    After the 2016 Presidential Election, it has become increasingly important to learn to communicate across social difference. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at how social identity can impact communication and conflict. Participants learn about dialogue as a skill to communicate across difference.
    Workshop: Restorative Justice: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline
    Facilitator: Lea Dotson
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 202)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    The United States school-to-prison link or school-to-prison pipeline is a metaphor used to describe the increasing patterns of contact students have with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as a result of the recent practices implemented by educational institutions, specifically zero tolerance policies and the use of police in schools. The metaphor is currently a hot topic of debate in discussions surrounding educational disciplinary policies as media coverage of youth violence and mass incarceration has grown over the past decade or so. Recently, there has been the beginning of a push towards restorative justice, also known as restorative practices, in schools. It's viewed as an alternative to the typical punish/suspend method of discipline. We will examine what restorative practices are ,what does it look like in schools, and methods for demanding its implementation in ones own district.
    Workshop: From Martin to Martin: Community Organizing for Today
    Facilitator: Pastor Shelley Nelson-Bridger
    Location: Kerns Chapel
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Community Organizing is necessary and vital for the democratic process. We need only check-in with Standing Rock or join the Million Women's March. As the landscape of community organizing evolves, are there key principals that never fall away? In this workshop, we’ll take a step back to consider the roots of community organization with a unique pairing of Martins. We’ll consider both the social justice pursuits of Dr. Martin Luther, a chief reformer of the church in 1517, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s interfaith legacy and nonviolent action. Come ready to explore how activism looks different for each of us, and to walk away with best practices for the community organizing you will engage.
    Workshop: Moving Beyond Fear: “Winning with Purpose” and the Vision for The Masters Preparatory Academy"
    Facilitator: James Sullinger
    Location: Blackmore Library (206)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    James “Satch” Sullinger, author of Winning with Purpose: Raising our Game and Lifting our Teammate On and Off the Court, and Dr. Robert Murphy, former school principal in Columbus and founder of The Masters Preparatory Academy (MPA) will make a presentation on the mission for “a high quality, comprehensive, and relevant education” in a boarding school for African American boys from across the State of Ohio and surrounding states. The MPA aims to provide critical learning skills and knowledge for boys of color through a rigorous curriculum housed in a safe space. This workshop will introduce founder, Dr. Murphy and board member, Satch Sullinger will share the their commitment to the creation of a lived educational environment as essential and necessary for nurturing the growth of the most vulnerable group of youth in the United States.
    Workshop: “Living the Obama Legacy: Politics and the Environment in the Trump Era”
    Facilitators: Rhine McLin and Harvey Wasserman
    Location: Troutman Hall (112)
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Rhine Lana McLin, Vice Chairwoman of the Ohio Democratic Party and former Mayor of Dayton and Harvey Wasserman, author and chair of the Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Issues Committee will present a panel discussion on upcoming challenges for progressive politics, with a special emphasis on environmental policies in the era of President Donald J. Trump Jr. The unexpected victories of Mr. Trump, followed by the appointment of anti-environmentalists to several Cabinets has generated fears among environmentalists in particular and progressives generally. The panelists will share their senses of the gravest threats to President Obama's legacy such as whether the Paris Accords are in jeopardy.
    Workshop: Say It Loud! How Black Music Helped Shape A Cultural Narrative That Encouraged Sustained Political Engagement in the 20th Century
    Facilitator: Dr. Mark Lomax
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center Bridge of Learning
    Session: Morning, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Music in the African tradition, has always played an important part in the transmission of culture and identity. As a cultural product of Africans in New World, music became both a subversive form of resistance where song lyrics carried hidden messages and the bearer of a new cultural consciousness that gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century. This workshop offers participants insight into how Black music helps to frame ‘Blackness’ as an identity that gave Black America the courage to overcome federally sanctioned terrorism, and how important psychologically healthy Black artistic expression is to the current struggle.
    Workshop: The Future of Diversity at Capital: An Inside Look at The Strategic Plan
    Facilitators: Jennie Smith and Dr. Mitsu Narui
    Location: Troutman Hall (112)
    Session: Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    A diverse living and learning environment at Capital University is central to our mission, purpose, and viability. We are in the midst of a strategic planning process and invite you to learn all about how we are embracing diversity at Capital! In this session participants will have the opportunity to review, contribute, and provide feedback to Capital’s plans for diversity. We encourage you to bring your ideas and look forward to sharing our plans with you.