UNC Chapel Hill pays tribute to journalist Chuck Stone

Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr.

Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr.

At UNC Chapel Hill, they paid tribute Saturday to Chuck Stone, the legendary newsman who passed away last month after spending the latter years of his career as a Tarheel professor.

WTVD-TV reported that Stone’s legacy is enshrined in his articles that changed history, in the organizations he helped build, and in the generations of journalists that he inspired.

At UNC’s journalism school, speaker after speaker sang the praises of Chuck Stone, who finished a career in journalism at Carolina after an adult life that started in World War II when he was selected to join the Tuskegee Airmen, an elite group of black fighter pilots.

The superlatives kept on coming.

“Prestigious Tuskegee Airman, newsman, columnist, witness to history, institution builder, professor, father,” said Susan King, the Dean of UNC’s School of Journalism, as she described Stone.

Chuck Stone spent his retirement years in the Triangle. He made his mark at black newspapers in New York, DC, and Chicago before becoming the first black columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News.

His passionate articles about police brutality were part of the reason he often became part of the news he covered.

At Saturday’s memorial, they played a clip from from an old episode of North Carolina Voices in which the late William Friday asked Stone about a Philadelphia prison riot where armed prisoners refused to negotiate with anyone other than Chuck Stone.

Stone’s work inspired legions of reporters, and he helped establish the National Association of Black Journalists.

Read more: WTVD-TV

2 comments

  • Ty Raid @WM2793

    Although I thank this man for his military service,in many ways he was a community activist with a microphone and an agenda.

  • Dennis Jackson

    Yes, we all thank him for his military service, his work abroad for C.A.R.E. (caring for the poor and hungry in India), his major contribution to criminal justice issues, education (at all levels), and political science, and his compassion to people of all creeds, colors, ethnicities. His was a very humanitarian agenda–just as you note. he was indeed a community activist, and God Bless Him for that. He called that “paying my civic rent.” He did that as a journalist, as an educator, as one who attended school board meetings, legislative meetings, city council meetings, conferences on a huge range of topics, and on and on. Thank God for his having been given the “microphone” with which to promote his humanitarian agenda. He cared about all people. I know. He was my best friend. And I am a white man born and raised in Mississippi. I never met a more joyful human being, or one who contributed more to the well-being of all his fellowman. You are so right–he is to be THANKED by all of us for his dedication to freedom, and to the American way of life.

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