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Journalism Pioneer Chuck Stone Dies at Age 89
Apr 7, 2014 | News
Journalism Pioneer Chuck Stone Dies at Age 89

Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr. -- a ground-breaking journalist, revered college professor and Tuskeegee Airman -- died Sunday in North Carolina at the age of 89.

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According to relatives, Mr. Stone died in his sleep early on April 6 at an assisted-living facility. 

Born in St. Louis, Stone was raised in Connecticut and as a young man, joined the military. He later earned a coveted spot flying missions with the storied Tuskeegee Airman.

After military service, he graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. A gifted writer, he was drawn to journalism, joining the staff at a number of influential Black publications in major cities. In the early 1960s he became an adviser to U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell of New York.

Stone had an extensive and trailblazing career with the distinction of being a founding member and first president of the National Association of Black Journalists in 1975 as well as the first Black columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News. His time at the newspaper was not only lengthy -- he worked there from 1972-1991 -- but also legendary. A trusted, respected columnist and editor, Stone was quite vocal about race, police brutality and discrimination in the city. His stature in the community was so great that according to the Daily News, "more than 75 murder suspects surrendered to Stone rather than to law-enforcement authorities."

From 1991 until his retirement in 2005, Stone was a journalism professor teaching censorship and magazine writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is survived by children Allegra Stone, Krishna Stone and Charles S. Stone III; grandchild Parade Stone and sisters Madalene Seymour and Irene Gordy.

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