Veteran Journalist, UNC Professor Chuck Stone, Dies


RALEIGH, N.C. — Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr. – one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, died Sunday at age 89.

Allegra Stone said that her father died at an assisted-living facility in Chapel Hill where he was a journalism professor teaching censorship and magazine writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 14 years starting in 1991.

After serving as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, Stone was a writer and editor at influential black publications in New York, Washington and Chicago through the early 1960s, using his writing to urge the Kennedy administration to advance the cause of civil rights. Subsequently, he served as an adviser to U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell of New York.

His reputation grew after he was hired as the first black columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked as a columnist and editor from 1972 to 1991. He was known for being outspoken on discrimination, police brutality and racism.

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