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New Director Ted Shaw

Ted Shaw Appointed Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of UNC Center for Civil Rights.

Julius Chambers

Eminent civil rights attorney and Center for Civil Rights founder, the late Julius L. Chambers, at a conference in his honor.

Brunswick County

The Center for Civil Rights represents clients in a historically excluded African American community in an Equal Protection and Fair Housing claim against Brunswick County.

The State of Exclusion

This report documents the impacts of racial exclusion in communities across NC. The project focuses on housing, education, environmental justice, political exclusion and access to infrastructure.

Pitt County

Center attorneys and UNC Law students outside Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals after Center's oral arguments in Pitt County School Desegregation Case.

Halifax, NC: Press Conference

May 2012, Halifax, NC: Press Conference marking one-year anniversary of Center’s report, “Unless Our Children Begin to Work Together, The State of Education in Halifax County.”

The UNC Center for Civil Rights is committed to the advancement of civil rights and social justice, especially in the American South. It fosters empirical and analytical research, sponsors student inquiry and activities and convenes faculty, visiting scholars, policy advocates and practicing attorneys to confront legal and social issues of greatest concern to racial and ethnic minorities, to the poor and to other potential beneficiaries of civil rights advances. The Center's work focuses on education, housing and community development, economic justice and voting rights.

Center recognized as a 2015 "Defender of Justice"

The Center for Civil Rights is honored to be recognized as a 2015 "Defender of Justice" with an award for Litigation at the 17th Annual Defender of Justice Awards Banquet. The North Carolina Justice Center recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the lives of poor and working North Carolinians. The Center for Civil Rights is being recognized for dedication to expanding opportunity and prosperity for all North Carolinians.

Upcoming Events

  • April 2 | Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg at 45: Celebrating Swann, Examining the Judicial Retreat from School Integration, and Imagining a Path Forward | Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Civil Rights | UNC School of Law | 160 Ridge Road | Chapel Hill | Details TBA
  • April 4 | Kimberly Davis | Sister of Georgia inmate Troy Davis who was executed after mass mobilization based on claims of innocence | Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty Distinguished Speaker Series | Genome Sciences Building | Room G100 | UNC-Chapel Hill | 5:30 p.m.
  • April 11 | Duke Innocence Project | Attorneys examine pending cases and discussing difficult work of an innocence project | Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty Distinguished Speaker Series | Genome Sciences Building | Room G100 | UNC-Chapel Hill | 5:30 p.m.
  • April 14 | One Person, One Vote: Universal Suffrage, Voting Rights and the Constitution | Ted Shaw speaking | The Friday Center | UNC-Chapel Hill | Free | 7:00 p.m.
  • April 14 | A Tale of Two Trailblazers: A Conversation with the Honorable Eva M. Clayton and Harvey Gantt | FedEx Global Education Center | Nelson Mandela Auditorium | Free | 4:00p.m.
  • April 18 | Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson, Rich Rosen & Mike Gauldin | Authors of autobiography PickingCotton discuss case with defense attorney and police investigator in the case | Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty Distinguished Speaker Series | Genome Sciences Building | Room G100 | UNC-Chapel Hill | 5:30 p.m.
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