"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
A man of legendary leadership, courage and strength from our community recently passed away.
Julius L. Chambers, from Montgomery County, was an educator, an attorney and civil rights leader.
He grew up in a time when the South was not very kind to African-Americans.
His desire to see people of all races treated equally guided him into the law, where he received a degree from UNC Chapel Hill.
Mr. Chambers interned under Thurgood Marshal and began the state's first integrated law firm.
Mr. Chambers appeared before the Supreme Court, arguing the landmark civil rights case Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education in 1971.
This case determined that busing was an acceptable means of helping to integrate primary and secondary schools.
Julius Chambers had a passion for education and became Chancellor of North Carolina Central University.
While there, he also taught and litigated cases involving capital punishment, housing, voting rights and education.
Mr. Chambers was a thinker – soft spoken, but his words penetrated the room and left quite an impression.
He was, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "A drum major for justice."
Charlotte, and indeed the nation, has lost a great humanitarian and a champion of noble causes.
Let us honor Julius Chambers by continuing the legacy that he
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