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Past Conferences & Events (2010)

"The Unfinished Work": Advancing New Strategies in the Struggle for Civil Rights

Julius L. Chambers

Born and raised in Mount Gilead, North Carolina, Julius L. Chambers graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1958. Chambers entered the School of Law at UNC-Chapel Hill where he was eventually selected as Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Law Review, the first African American student to hold this position at a historically white law school. In 1963 the NAACP Legal Defense Fund selected Chambers as its first legal intern. In the 47 years since then, Julius Chambers has aggressively and tirelessly worked to make America's promise of justice, opportunity, and prosperity a reality for all Americans and their communities. The UNC Center for Civil Rights, under Julius' leadership as its Director, is still working to advance the unfulfilled American ideal of justice and opportunity and leading a charge to inspire and train the next generation of social justice advocates. In honor of Julius' commitment to justice in our nation, the UNC Center for Civil Rights and its partners proudly presented:

"The Unfinished Work": Advancing New Strategies in the Struggle for Civil Rights
The Friday Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
November 1, 2010, 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
November 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
   

Today it appears that the civil rights victories of the 50s and 60s are in peril. Some people may believe that there are very few options for pursuing social change that can transform our nation and make opportunity and prosperity a reality for all people. On November 1-2, 2010, a diverse array of the nation's most talented attorneys, advocates and scholars gave voice to critical issues and strategies that remain to further today's civil rights movement. This two-day conference united practitioners, researchers, policymakers, community activists and students to examine and learn about the most promising strategies for pursuing equity and eliminating discrimination in public education, housing, democratic representation, employment and criminal justice.

High poverty, racially isolated communities continue to contribute to reduced educational opportunities for children, unhealthy homes and neighborhoods, and limited career opportunities. These in turn contribute to the social and political exclusion of the communities and their residents for generations. While new trends in engagement, organizing and advocacy have shifted the ways we challenge racial and socioeconomic segregation and discrimination, the inequalities that these age-old problems create remain largely the same. The solutions to these debilitating issues are not simple, but they are possible to construct.

We analyzed these issues and offered a range of innovative and strategic approaches for:

  • Applying the law
  • Pursuing policy change
  • Mobilizing well-informed grassroots activists
  • Encouraging the scholarly pursuit of public interest-oriented research

For conference updates and to join the conference mailing list, email civilrights@unc.edu or call 919.843.3921.

CLE Credit

  • North Carolina CLE credit will be submitted on behalf of registrants to North Carolina state bar. The North Carolina state bar has approved a maximum of 9.5 credit hours.
  • Out-of-State CLE Registrants will be given a certificate of participation to submit to home state bar for CLE credit.
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