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Julius ChambersA Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights$
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Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628547

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628547.001.0001

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Child of the Jim Crow South

Child of the Jim Crow South

(p.6) Chapter One Child of the Jim Crow South
Julius Chambers

Richard A. Rosen

Joseph Mosnier

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the story of the Depression-era, Jim Crow world from which Julius LeVonne Chambers emerged, recounting his childhood, family, and formative experiences. LeVonne Chambers (Julius Chambers's birth name) was born in October 1936, in the tiny crossroads town of Mt. Gilead, in rural Montgomery County, North Carolina. No black child born to such a time and place easily escaped the fetters imposed by the South's rigid racial segregation. Not one black child in ten in Montgomery County completed high school in those years; not one in one hundred graduated from college. Yet, by some combination of ability, effort, and good fortune, and with the unstinting support of his parents and community, Chambers set himself on a path that would lead to, at age thirty-four, to the appellant's lectern at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keywords:   Julius Chambers, Julius LeVonne Chambers, Jim Crow South, Montgomery County, NC, racial segregation

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