Funeral services were held yesterday in Charlotte for Julius Chambers, the noted civil rights attorney and Mount Gilead native who died a week ago today.
Among those who eulogized Chambers was U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who said, “History doesn’t remember those folks who just fought against things. History remembers those who fought for something.”
“What Julius Chambers fought for was a society in which everybody – rich or poor, black or white, Republican, Democratic, independent – could achieve what their natural abilities would allow them to achieve.”
Julius Chambers was also honored through a proclamation from his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, and remembered by his long-time law partner James Ferguson, who recalled Chambers’ commitment to the civil rights struggle that intensified in the 1960s.
“Simply by creating North Carolina’s first racially integrated law firm,” said Ferguson, “he provided opportunities for me and others to join him in that fight for justice. And, simultaneously, he established a model for his vision of a racially integrated society of equal opportunity and justice for all people.”
WMTG carried the service live Thursday, and we will air one final program this weekend to close our special coverage of the life and legacy of Julius Chambers. The program will include William “Bill” Friday’s 2011 interview, Chambers’ remarks upon receiving the American Bar Association’s Spirit Award, and a complete rebroadcast of the funeral service. The feature will air Sun., Aug. 11, at 7:30 a.m.