Herman Boone, the legendary football coach whose story was told in the 2000 Disney film, "Remember the Titans," will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Capital University Martin Luther King Day of Learning.
His presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in the Conservatory of Music facility on the university's main campus, 1 College and Main. The theme for the event is "The Power of We: Advancing Human Dignity."
In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Va., as three schools were integrated to form T.C. Williams High School. Boone, portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington in the film, faced the challenge of uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newly created Titan football team.
Following the convocation with Boone's speech, a series of interactive workshops, put on by various student, professors, staff and community organizations, will be held. Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at various locations throughout campus. Topics include "The Future of Diversity at Capital University," "Islam and Muslims in America," "Mobilizing the Mission of Dr. King," "Communication Across Differences," "Poverty and Welfare," "Restorative Justice: Prison to Pipeline," and "DACA and the American Dream."
The Day of Learning also will include the Hank Marr Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Capital Center. Tickets are $14, general public; $12, adults age 65 and older; and $6, children 10 and under. The other activities are free.
For more information, visit www.Capital.edu/mlk-day.