Charles Blow To Keynote Rowan University’s MLK Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 15


Charles Blow by Beowulf Sheehan, Rowan University

AC JosepH Media

GLASSBORO — The New York Times columnist, author and MSNBC political analyst Charles M. Blow will deliver the keynote address during Rowan University’s 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast and Day of Service Jan. 15.

Tickets for the breakfast are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight.

A celebrated columnist who began his career with the Times as a graphics editor in 1994, Blow is well-regarded for his balanced but unflinching approach to tackling the thorniest issues of the day. Possessing a clear but elegant writing style, Blow tackles hot-button topics such as social justice, racial equality and national politics.

In addition to his work for the Times, Blow is an MSNBC political analyst and has been the anchor of PRIME with Charles Blow on the Black News Channel. He’s the author of New York Times’ bestselling books “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and “The Devil You Know,” the first of which was developed into an opera (the first by a Black composer to premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera) and the second which was developed into a feature-length HBO documentary.

Rowan’s annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., Jan. 15, in Chamberlain Student Center with a series of Day of Service activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The program, which celebrates Dr. King’s life, legacy and leadership, supports Rowan students by raising money for the William H. Myers Memorial Scholarship Program.

The event will also feature 6ABC News anchor Rick Williams as master of ceremonies.

Rowan’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Rowan University Foundation

The gift of food and supplies:

Part of Rowan’s tradition of celebrating MLK Day is a drive to help ease food insecurity in the region. Attendees of this year’s program may bring donations for The SHOP, Rowan’s on-campus food pantry and resource center. Non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, school supplies and more will support students in need. For more information about items most needed this season, please visit The SHOP.

Doing for others:

As part of Rowan’s Day of Service tradition, the University will offer numerous opportunities for volunteerism. These include at least five programs within Chamberlain Student Center and an off-campus initiative to help clean up one or more Glassboro parks.

Among the many opportunities within the Student Center, participants may:

  • Make Valentine’s Goodie Bags for Juniper Village Assisted Living
  • Prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and placemats for Camden’s Cathedral Kitchen
  • Make dog toys from old t-shirts for local animal shelters
  • Knit/crochet squares and blankets for cancer support organizations

Learn more and register for this year’s MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast and Day of Service.

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