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Remembering Julius Chambers

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Hundreds in Charlotte said goodbye to a civil rights icon.

Attorney Julius Chambers was a champion for the disenfranchised who fought racial segregation all the way to the US Supreme Court.

The doors of Friendship Missionary Baptist were open to some of Charlotte's best known faces who showed up to say good bye to civil rights attorney Julius Chambers.

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot said Chambers help shape the city's character.

"He's essentially helped us do the right thing many years the city and desegregate our community and our systems," Vinroot said." He's at the forefront of what's good and right about Charlotte."

Not just politicians, but praise also came from those in the civil rights arena.

NAACP President Reverend William Barber was among many admirers.

"We're gonna imitate him by continuing to fight for justice, fight for equality, and fight for voting rights," he said.

While the service took on the look of a who's who gathering, it was his past and present law partners who offered a tribute that applauded for Chambers assisting those needing to improve their station in life.

"The greatest honor we can pay to Chambers is to live out his commitment for equal justice for all," Senior Partner James Ferguson said. 

Removing the barriers of segregation in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System is what he'll be remembered for locally by winning the Swann case.

Bishop George Battle is a former CMS Board Chairman.

"Scores of kids got opportunities that they would not have had, " Battle said.

North Carolina's Attorney General was among those admiring his progressive nature.

"It's important to keep moving NC forward and Chancellor Chambers, Attorney Chambers would want us to keep doing that," Cooper said.

Chambers died last Friday at age 76.

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