The HBCU Newspaper project focuses on an largely unexplored segment
of Black newspapers in the United States, Black newspapers published
at historically Black colleges and universities. For more information
on Black newspapers at HBCUs, see the BPRC’s interview with Xavier University
Communications Instructor, Sheryl Kennedy Haydel where she talks about her work on
Black student newspapers.
By now anyone following Black journalism or journalists knows that Charles “Chuck” Sumner Stone, Jr. passed away at the age of 89 on April 6, 2014. Most known as the first Black columnist and for his long tenure ((between 1972 and 1991) at the Philadelphia Daily News, Stone was also the first president and co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. The story that most publications and web sites memorializing Stone will recount is that 75 African American men wanted by the police in Philadelphia turned themselves over to Stone during his time at the Daily News. Fearing police brutality these men trusted that Stone would provide a buffer from a Philadelphia police force known for its notorious abuse of African Americans. Other pieces have also recounted Stone’s negotiation of the surrender of prisoners in Graterford prision who had taken six hostages in an attempted escape in 1981. Like most tributes, we briefly learn about Stone’s upbringing, education and career path, in Stone’s case his path to journalism. Many of the memorials published over the past week chronicle his time in politics, writing for the Daily News and teaching in the journalism departments at the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, among other colleges.