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Charlotte Post Office To Be Renamed For Civil Rights Attorney

Julius Chambers

A Charlotte post office in north Charlotte will soon be renamed to honor Charlotte civil rights attorney Julius Chambers.

Chambers founded the first integrated law firm in North Carolina. And he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971 in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which justices said busing was an appropriate way to desegregate schools.

In the 1970s and 80s, that led to Charlotte being known as the “city that made busing work.”

Democratic Congresswoman Alma Adams introduced the bill to rename the post office, which was recently signed into law by President Trump. The building on Derita Avenue will be renamed the Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Memorial Post Office.

"My state and our nation are undoubtedly better for the life of Julius L. Chambers," Adams said earlier this year when speaking on the bill.

Earlier this year, Vance High School was renamed to honor Chambers, who died in 2013.

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