Philadelphia, April 7, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement on the passing of former Philadelphia Daily News journalist Chuck Stone.
“Chuck Stone was a leader, a pioneer and a friend to me and so many others across the country. He wrote about those who were often ‘written off’ in life, neglected or given no chance at success. He spoke truth to power and didn’t care who was offended or upset by his eloquence or targeted use of the English language.
“I appreciated him, enjoyed him, respected him and benefitted from his journalistic integrity, his keen eye in separating right from wrong and his commitment to the empowerment of people of all nationalities. He was particularly focused and aggressive in his support of Black empowerment, but made all people of any ethnic group feel valued and appreciated.
“Lastly, as all politics are local, he had a particular impact on the local political scene in his former neighborhood of Wynnefield, as I lived around the corner from him in our neighborhood. Chuck Stone influenced politics and community engagement at the local, state and national level, and all of us will feel the loss of his voice and words, but none of us will EVER forget him. I offer my deepest sympathies to his family on behalf of the City of Philadelphia and all who knew and respected him.”