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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Patties (Jamaican), Sandwiches (Tuna Fish), Chicken (Barbeque)
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
If a man be gracious and generous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands but a continent that joins them. - Francis Bacon

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1924
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Patties (Jamaican), Sandwiches (Tuna Fish), Chicken (Barbeque)
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
If a man be gracious and generous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands but a continent that joins them. - Francis Bacon

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1924
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Chuck Stone was born Charles Sumner Stone, Jr. on July 21, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri. Stone’s father was business manager for Annie Malone’s Poro College, and his mother, Madalene M. Chafin Stone was the payroll officer for the Hartford Board of Education. In Hartford, Connecticut, Stone attended Arsenal Elementary School, Bernard Junior High School and graduated with honors from Hartford Public High School as “class prophet” in 1942. Drafted in 1943, Stone was commissioned as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Leaving the army in 1945, Stone earned his A.B. degree from Wesleyan University in 1948 and his M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1951.

Stone represented CARE in India and Egypt from 1957 to 1958. Recruited by the New York Age, Stone became editor from 1958 to 1960. In 1960, he became associate director of the American Committee on Africa and the White House correspondent and editor of the Washington Afro-American. He was named editor-in-chief of the Chicago Defender in 1963 and taught journalism at Columbia College. From 1965 to 1967, Stone served as special assistant to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., writing speeches and directing activities for the House Education and Labor Committee. Stone cultivated close relationships with both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. His books, Tell It Like It Is, Black Political Power In America and King Strut and his appearances on talk shows made him a national pundit. From 1972 to 1991, Stone was a political columnist and senior editor for the Philadelphia Daily News. Stone also taught at the University of Delaware, and from 1991 to 2005, he served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Walter Spearman Professor in the School of Mass Communications.

From 1975 to 1977, Stone was founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and first host of PBS’s Black Perspectives On The News. Nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, Stone was a member of the NABJ Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the 1993 Free Spirit Award from the Freedom Forum; the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 2002; and the Trailblazer Award from Greensboro, North Carolina’s Sit-In Movement, Inc. in 2005. In 2003, Stone wrote a children’s book about race called, Squizzy the Black Squirrel.

Stone and his wife, Louise, had three children, Krishna, Allegra and Charles, III, a movie director.

Stone passed away on April 6, 2014.

Chuck Stone was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 4, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chuck Stone describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chuck Stone recounts how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chuck Stone describes his mother's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chuck Stone describes his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chuck Stone shares stories from his father's time in the U.S. military in France during World War I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chuck Stone recalls the various places he lived in as a young child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chuck Stone talks about his father's shell shock from World War I
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chuck Stone describes his negotiations with death-row inmates for the release of hostages at Graterford State Prison in Graterford, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chuck Stone describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chuck Stone describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chuck Stone describes his childhood neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chuck Stone describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chuck Stone remembers schools he attended in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chuck Stone describes his extracurricular activities at Hartford Public High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chuck Stone recalls being an honor student at Hartford Public High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chuck Stone talks about being drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chuck Stone describes his training as a navigator and bombardier during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chuck Stone talks about segregation in Texas during his time as a Tuskegee Airman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chuck Stone remembers being the only black student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chuck Stone describes his transition to graduate school at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chuck Stone recalls learning about polling from Philip Hauser at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois