Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012
The funeral service for Vivian Chambers, wife of Chancellor Emeritus Julius Chambers, will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery–West. Long & Sons Mortuary, 704-394-1111, is handling the funeral arrangements.
Born in Kannapolis in 1933, Mrs. Chambers held a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Winston-Salem State University and a master's degree in the same field from Columbia University. As she built a distinguished early career as an elementary schoolteacher, she also embraced the role of partner, confidant and supporter of her husband as he courageously battled for civil rights and racial equality as an attorney and as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
When her husband was named chancellor of NCCU in 1993, Mrs. Chambers became deeply engaged in campus life. In addition to being a gracious hostess for all occasions, she was a champion of the university’s community service programs. She established the Vivian G. Chambers Walk-a-Thon, now an event joined at Homecoming every year by hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni. She was a vital early booster of America Reads, the literacy program for elementary schoolchildren that has become a signature component of NCCU’s community service.