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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.


  • May 11 | UNC Campus-wide Public Comment Session | Regarding litigation initiated and handled by centers and institutes including the Center for Civil Rights | Center for School Leadership Development (CSLD) | 140 Friday Center Drive | Chapel Hill | more information available at | Individuals interested in speaking must register online by Friday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m. | Open to public | 11:00 a.m.
  • May 18 | UNC BOG Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs | Vote on future of Center for Civil Rights ability to advocate | Center for School Leadership Development (CSLD) | 140 Friday Center Drive | Chapel Hill | Open to the public | Time TBA
  • July 14 | UNC BOG Meeting | Vote of full board on future of the Center for Civil Rights ability to advocate | UNC-Asheville | Asheville | Time TBA

the state of exclusion: orange County, NC

Following the 2013 State of Exclusion report, the UNC Center for Civil Rights released a series of county profiles, containing a more in-depth examination of exclusion and the legacy of racial segregation in the individual counties. The fifth in the series, Orange County, is released today. This report, the other county reports, and the statewide report, are all available at . In looking at environmental justice impacts, the report shows that the county’s non-white population disproportionately live in areas with close proximity to solid waste or other potentially polluting facilities. Orange County has a smaller exposure rate to solid waste facilities for its overall population (3.20% compared to 5.34% statewide), but a higher rate for super majority non-white census blocks (16.72% compared to 9.37%)

new report: "A study of diversity in lenoir county, nc schools"

The Center for Civil Rights, in collaboration with Ann Moss Joyner of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, has published an in-depth analysis of racial segregation in Lenoir County schools.  The report was developed on behalf of the Lenoir County NAACP and was recently presented to the district's Facilities Study Committee. The report includes several alternative scenarios that demonstrate how the district can effectively address declining enrollment, excess capacity, and the hypersegregation of schools through student assignment models that prioritize diversity and inclusion. The committee is expected to make a recommendation on facility use and reassignment to the school board in early 2017.

Recent Events:


On December 2, the Center hosted a national conference to discuss the future of civil rights advocacy in the aftermath of the fall 2016 elections. Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S Department of Justice delivered the keynote address, and Wade Henderson, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights gave closing remarks.  Other featured speakers included Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP-LDF), Kristen Clarke (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), Tom Saenz (MALDEF), Sara Pratt (Relman, Dane & Colfax), Mechelle Dickerson (UT School of Law) and Robert Lawless (Illinois College of Law).  Video clips and a summary of the program and the discussion are coming soon.

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