North Carolina Central University and the greater North Carolina community will commemorate the life and legacy of NCCU alumnus and noted civil rights attorney Julius L. Chambers on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The celebration will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium, on NCCU’s campus. The tribute is open to the general public. The program will include remarks and reflections from colleagues, family and friends of the late chancellor emeritus of NCCU under the themes of his life, legacy, labor and loves. Among the individuals scheduled to participate are Dr. Dudley Flood, distinguished educator and former member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors; U.S. Congressmen G.K. Butterfield and David Price; Elaine Jones, noted civil rights attorney and former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; and Dr. Ira Wiggins, director of the NCCU Jazz Studies program.
Chambers passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, at the age of 76. A 1958 graduate of NCCU, he was chancellor from 1993 to 2001, the first alumnus to serve as the university’s chief executive. He was known nationwide for his work as a tenacious civil rights crusader. He took eight cases to the Supreme Court and won every one, including the landmark 1971 case that led to integration of the schools in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. More on Chambers’ life can be found here.