Civil rights leader Chambers' funeral on Thursday

CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY - Funeral arrangements have been set for North Carolina civil rights giant Julius Chambers.

The funeral will be held starting noon Thursday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. There will be a public viewing for three hours before services begin.

Chambers died Friday after being in declining health for months. He was 76.

Chambers opened the state's first integrated law practice in 1964. In 1971, he and his partners won a key school busing case against Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

Because of his work, Chambers' home and car were firebombed in 1965 and his office was burned to the ground in 1971.

Chambers also served as chancellor of his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, from 1993 to 2001

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