CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — 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.
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