Julius L. Chambers, the former chancellor of North Carolina Central University and the former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, died on August 2 in North Carolina. He was 76 years old.
Dr. Chambers was a summa cum laude graduate of what is now North Carolina Central University. He held a master’s degree in history and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated first in his class and was editor of the law review. He later earned a master’s degree in law from Columbia.
While practicing civil rights law in Charlotte during the 196os, his home, his office, and his car were bombed.
From 1984 to 1993, Chambers was director-counsel and president of the Legal Defense Fund. He served as chancellor of North Carolina Central University from 1993 to 2001. Later he was a clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at University of North Carolina School of Law.