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Chambers was also a student advocate. He served as chancellor at North Carolina Central University. Prior to his appointment, he became president and Chair of the Board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for nine years.

Chambers was also a key player in a1960’s case that forced the Shrine Bowl all-star football game to allow blacks to play. The tough attorney was no stranger to the perils of racism in the South. Racists set his law office on fire, bombed both his home in Charlotte home and his car. They also torched his father’s shop in his hometown of Mount Gilead.

Chambers fought eight civil rights cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and won them all.

In 1999, Julius Chambers was diagnosed with cancer but underwent treatment and remained in remission. Then in April, he suffered a heart attack.  Chambers passed away at age 76 last Friday after declining health.

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