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Former UNC journalism professor Chuck Stone dies

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Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr., a veteran journalist who also taught for years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Sunday, his daughter, Krishna, said.

Stone was born in St. Louis July 21, 1924 and raised in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Wesleyan College in 1948 and earned a masters in sociology at the University of Chicago.

From 1960 to 1963, he was editor and White House Correspondent for the Washington Afro-American. He briefly became the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Daily Defender in 1963, but was fired in 1964, his daughter said, for refusing to tone down criticism of the mayor.

Stone became special assistant to Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Chairman US House Education and Labor Committee and later because a successful author.

In 1970, he became Director of Minority Affairs at the Educational Testing Service and investigated why minority students scored less well that whites in Standard Aptitude Tests but resigned citing institutional racism and apathy. He went on to help found the FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

In 1972, the Philadelphia Daily News recruited him as their first black columnist. He made a major impression there over 19 years for his outspoken points of view.

In 1985, he became a professor of English at University of Delaware where he taught journalism. He was one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists and joined UNC in 1991.

Stone retired from Carolina in 2004.

Dr. Charlie Tuggle, a Reese Felts Distinguished Professor at UNC said, "He marched and covered marches. He was involved in the beginnings of the National Association of Black Journalists. This guy was really, really accomplished, but was so down to earth."

Stone was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife of 49 years, Louise Davis Stone and his sister Anne Dowdy. He is survived by his children Krishna Stone, Allegra Stone, Charles S. Stone III, grandchild Parade Stone and by his sisters Madalene Seymour and Irene Gordy.

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