Tuesday, August 6, 2013

In Memoriam: Julius Chambers, Civil Rights Lawyer

Julius Chambers has passed on. The civil rights leaders
argued both Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and Board of
Education v. Dowell, He also headed the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. From
Education Week:

Julius L. Chambers, a pioneering civil rights lawyer who helped argue the
landmark case in the U.S. Supreme Court that first upheld busing for school
desegregation, has died. He was 76 when he died on Aug. 2 in North Carolina
after an unspecified long illness, according to the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund.

Chambers was one of the LDF's first interns and in 1984 became its third
president and director-counsel, following Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg.
The LDF began as the legal department of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, but spun off as a separate organization in 1957.

Chambers was born in Mount Gilead, N.C., in 1936. When his father could not
afford to allow him to follow his older siblings to the Laurinberg Institute, a
private school for black students, Chambers rode a bus 12 miles each day to an
all-black public high school in Troy, N.C.

You can read more here.




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