Charlotte Civil Rights Leader Julius Chambers Dies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney and civil rights leader, passed away on Friday after months of failing health.
Chambers started his one-person Charlotte law practice in 1964, and it later became the state's first-ever integrated law firm.
Along with his partners at the firm, Chambers spearheaded litigation of civil rights cases, including the historic Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education. The Swann case made crosstown busing mandatory and ultimately led to public school integration.
Chambers also served as chancellor of North Carolina Central University from 1993 to 2001.
"Our community and nation has benefited tremendously from Mr. Chambers' tireless efforts to ensure that all people are treated equally," staff at his law firm, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, said in a statement.