News Release

Inequality Series at Dalton State Culminates with New York Times Columnist

November 7, 2014

Charles Blow
Charles Blow

Charles Blow’s story of overcoming poverty and abuse is “powerful and painfully honest.”

It’s a story the New York Times columnist and author will share at Dalton State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium.

In his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Blow explores his background, growing up as a black child in Louisiana and the abuse he endured from an older cousin. The lecture will wrap up this semester’s focus on inequality in education and economics.

“We believe author Charles Blow is an excellent choice to close out the fall semester series on inequality,” said Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president of student affairs. “We are fortunate to host a writer of his caliber, and Mr. Blow's personal story of overcoming poverty and abuse is powerful and painfully honest. Thus far, the series has addressed both economic and educational inequality, and Mr. Blow's memoir further explores these and other facets of inequality through his first-person account.”

Copies of Blow’s book will be available for purchase, and he will be available to sign copies.

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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