News Release

New York Times Columnist and Author to Speak at Dalton State

November 4, 2014

Charles Blow
Charles Blow

Charles Blow’s mother carried brass knuckles in her glove box and worked a job plucking poultry.

She was a mother of five. Blow was attached to her, but it didn’t protect him from being abused by an older cousin.

In his powerful memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Blow explores his painful background growing up as a black child in Louisiana and the abuse that affected his life.

Blow, a columnist for The New York Times, will speak at Dalton State College on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium during current book tour. The lecture will wrap up this semester’s focus on inequality in education and economics.

“I want to make people realize that just because inequality is happening over there and has a different face doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you,” said Matt Hipps, assistant professor of political science at Dalton State. “Even if we can’t fix the world, maybe we can get people to talk about how. Maybe it leaves people a little less judgy. Maybe it makes someone more willing to help a neighbor. Having more perspective is good.”

Blow’s column often tackles issues such as teen pregnancy, the national debt, the presidential race, gender roles, and the gay rights movement.

He is a regular contributor to CNN and MSNBC’s show, Morning Joe. He has appeared on the Andrea Mitchel Reports, Hardball with Christ Matthews, American Morning, The Joy Behar Show, Fox and Friends, the BBC and Al Jazeera, as well as numerous radio programs.

Blow graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana where he received a degree in mass communications. He now lives in Brooklyn with his three children.

The event is free and open to the public.

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