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WRAL.com - NCCU celebrates life of civil rights crusader Julius Chambers

November 7, 2013
In The News

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University celebrated the life of alumnus and civil rights attorney Julius Chambers on Wednesday.

The man known nationwide as a civil rights crusader died Aug. 2 in Charlotte at age 76. He served as chancellor at NCCU from 1993 to 2001.

"He's the single person who is most responsible for the NCCU you see today," said Rep. David Price, D-4th District. "He made a significant contribution as an educator. It's not what he's best known for, but it's indicative of what his values were."

Chambers is best known for taking eight cases to the Supreme Court and winning them all, including the 1971 case that led to integration of the schools in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

The case mandated crosstown busing and highlighted the power of federal courts to intervene when local public school systems hedged en route to full integration.