US civil rights leader Julius Chambers dies at 76

August 16, 2013 in News, Obituaries

Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm said. He was 76.

A statement issued by his law firm, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, said Chambers died Friday, Aug. 2 after months of declining health. A specific cause of death wasn’t given.

“Mr. Chambers was not the first lawyer of color to try to address the issues of equality,” firm partner Geraldine Sumter said. “He would tell you he had people like Buddy Malone of Durham that he looked to, the Kennedys out of Winston-Salem. The thing that Mr. Chambers brought to that struggle was a very focused, determined attitude that things were going to change.”