Civil Rights Lawyer Chambers Dead at 76

Julius Chambers, who led the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1984 to 1993, died Friday (Aug. 2) at the age of 76. He had suffered a heart attack in April and was in declining health. Among his many accomplishments, Chambers graduated first in his class at the University of North Carolina School of Law, founded the first racially integrated law firm in North Carolina and won eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Swann v. the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, which led to cross-town busing to achieve integration. He finished his law career in private practice at Ferguson Chambers & Sumter in Charlotte. The ABAJournal has more on his life.