Family, friends and students gather to remember Stone
Posted May 3, 2014
Updated May 4, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — A memorial was held Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime journalist and UNC educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr.
Family, friends and former students returned to the UNC campus to look back at Stone's legacy.
News & Observer Columnist Barry Saunders described Stone as one of his heroes.
"You know how they say you should never meet your heroes. Forget that, once I met Chuck, he turned out to be a greater human being than I could have ever imagined," he said.
After serving as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, Stone, who passed away on April 6 at age 89, 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 civil rights. Subsequently, he served as an adviser to former U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, D-NY.
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.
He was described by his family as a man who was intrigued with life.