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Noted Civil Rights Lawyer Julius Chambers To Speak Nov. 8 As Part Of "Explorations In Black Leadership" Series

October 31, 2000 -- Julius L. Chambers, chancellor of North Carolina Central University and one of the country’s leading civil rights lawyers in dismantling desegregation, will speak at the University of Virginia law school Wednesday, Nov. 8.

His talk, titled "Where Are We?: Education and Desegregation," will be at 7:30 p.m. in Withers-Brown Hall 152 and is open to the public. It is part of the series of University-wide discussions, "Explorations in Black Leadership."

The series of talks, an oral history project sponsored by the Institute for Public History and the Darden School, aims to preserve leadership lessons taught by key civil rights leaders and examine the nature of that leadership.

Chambers and colleagues in his Charlotte, N.C., law firm helped shape civil rights law in the 1970s by winning landmark Supreme Court rulings in employment discrimination and education, including the famous school-busing discussion, Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. From 1984 to 1993 he served as director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York. He is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina law school.

The "Explorations in Black Leadership" project brings key civil rights figures to Charlottesville, where they participate in public forums and videotaped interviews conducted by U.Va. history professor Julian Bond, who is himself a long-time civil rights leader.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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