Charles S. (Chuck) Stone Jr., a pioneering journalist who worked as a newspaper columnist, university professor and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died on April 6 at an assisted living facility near Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 89.
Stone was born in St. Louis and raised in Hartford, Conn., where he attended the public schools. Stone received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
In the 1950s, Stone worked overseas for Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian organization that combats global poverty. He was later recruited by the New York Age, where he was editor from 1958 to 1960. During his career, Stone was admired by his students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he was retired.
He was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, an aide to Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-N.Y.) and a senior editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. In 1963, he became editor-in-chief of the Chicago Defender, one of the best-known and most outspoken of the news outlets that served the black community during the civil rights movement.
Stone also was the author of books including “Tell it Like it Is,” a compilation of his columns, “Black Political Power in America,” and a novel, “King Strut.” For children, he wrote “Squizzy the Black Squirrel”.
He is survived by his two daughters, Andrea and Krishna; a son, Charles Stone II; a grandchild; and two sisters.