New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow will keynote a commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus in January.

His address is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at a program that will include music and performances from Northwestern student groups.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Blow’s Op-Ed  columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter movement. He is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.

He is author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. 

Northwestern’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration events are free and open to the public. More information is available online.

(Editor’s note 12/19/17: This event had originally been scheduled for Jan. 22. The story has been updated to show the new date.) 


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...