Little Known Black History Fact: Julius Chambers

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    North Carolina Attorney Julius Chambers founded the first racially integrated law practice in the southern United States in 1964. Chambers served as the first African American editor-in-chief of the law review at University of North Carolina law school. He graduated first in his class.

    Chambers was known for his work in civil rights cases, like Swann v. the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. The 1971 case led to school integration in Charlotte.

    Chambers was born in Mount Gilead, NC in 1936 and lived with his parents and three siblings. At age 13, Chambers had looked forward to attending a private school for blacks. Unfortunately, his dream was shattered after a white customer refused to pay for the services his father had rendered for two months on his truck. Chambers’ father had planned to use the $2,000 for his son’s education. He went door-to-door to retrieve enough money for his son to attend school with no success. That was the pivotal moment that young Julius Chambers decided to study law.

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    1. It’s so sad, the terrorism and victimization that ‘Colored’ people had to endure for 100+ years after the Civil War. Mr. Chambers’ Father was basically forced to work slave labor because he wasn’t paid by his White customer. Julius Chambers could have did like so many…self-abuse, life of crime against the system, hurting others around him; but instead he turned his feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, and righteous indignation into a productive vocation the right way. Fighting for justice which untold millions benefit from, and uplifting the country as a whole.

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