Funeral service, tribute book announced for Julius Chambers

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

When I was talking with UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger about Julius Chambers on Saturday, he had a wonderful, candid story to share about the type of man Chambers was.

Julius Chambers passed away Friday afternoon at the age of 76. He was a beloved NCCU chancellor and determined civil rights lawyer.

Boger said he remembered when he was in Charlotte and heading out to lunch with Chambers and a few other lawyers to discuss a citywide school challenge.

He said Chambers spotted an older woman, humbly dressed, outside his office, and asked her why she sat waiting.

When the woman explained that her son had special educational needs and had been locked in a supply closet without justification, Chambers invited the woman to lunch without hesitation, Boger said.

"He never took himself seriously but he always took the other needs of other people very seriously," he added. "He just did the things that needed to be done."

Chambers' funeral service is scheduled for this Thursday, Aug. 8, at noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. The family will receive visitors from 9 to 10 a.m., and the visitation will resume again at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the Chambers family has requested that contributions be made to NCCU (Julius L. Chambers Endowed Scholarship), as well as two other organizations. Gifts may be made online at www.nccu.edu/donation/. Please indicate “Julius L. Chambers Endowed Scholarship” in the Designation Instructions. Contributions may also be mailed to the NCCU Foundation, P.O. Box 19363, Durham, NC 27707, according to NCCU.

Members of the NCCU community also are invited to write in a tribute book that will be presented to the Chambers family at Thursday's funeral service. The book is in the lobby/rotunda of the William Jones Building, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 7)

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