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New York Times columnist Charles Blow to speak at Eckerd College tonight

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow will speak in St. Petersburg at Eckerd College’s Fox Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Blow, 43, has been writing an op-ed column for The Times since 2008, and has been a leading voice over the past year in chronicling the “Black Lives Matter” movement, focusing on the deaths of blacks in the hands of law enforcement.

Last year, Blow published his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Michael Eric Dyson called it “an instant classic of American letters.”

Blow actually began his career as a graphic artist with the Detroit News, before being hired by The Times in 1994, also as a graphics editor. In 2006 he left the paper to become the art director of National Geographic, before moving over to writing opinion columns in 2008.

Blow’s appearance at Eckerd is part of the school’s Presidential Events Series.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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