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Interview No. L-0127: Chambers, Julius L. (Julius LeVonne), 1936-

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Interview no.
L-0127
Restrictions
No restrictions. Open to research.
Project
L.7. University of North Carolina: William Friday Project
Date
18 June 1990
Interviewee
Chambers, Julius L. (Julius LeVonne), 1936-
Interviewee occupation
Attorneys
Civil rights leaders
Interviewee DOB
1936
Interviewee gender
Male
Interviewee ethnicity
African American/Black
Interviewer
Link, William A.
Abstract
Julius Chambers discusses his involvement with the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors from 1972 to 1977 as a representative of his alma mater, North Carolina Central University. He explains that smaller North Carolina colleges and universities and traditionally underrepresented groups found a voice in post-secondary school decisions during this period. During this period, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) established a set of criteria for the desegregation of higher education institutions. While he felt the North Carolina college system had not complied with the court order to eliminate the inequalities of segregated schools, other Board officials believed UNC had done enough and wanted the federal government to disengage itself from North Carolina affairs. Although university president William Friday also argued that the state's higher education system complied with the desegregation orders, Chambers favorably assesses Friday's leadership as UNC President and Board of Governors member. He contends that Friday built a consensus among Board members on a middle-of-the road political position. Nonetheless, because North Carolina delayed making meaningful changes in the desegregation of its post-secondary schools, HEW filed a desegregation lawsuit against UNC. The later reluctance of the Nixon and Ford administrations to support school desegregation and the endorsement of the Carter administration furthered the Office for Civil Rights' resolve to enforce the desegregation of North Carolina post-secondary schools. Chambers blames the retreat from desegregation initiatives on a conservative resurgence and on North Carolina's desire to end the ongoing debate on race in higher education.
Transcript
Yes
Transcript access
Digital
Number of pages
30
Subject Topical
African American college administrators--North Carolina.
College trustees--North Carolina.
College integration--North Carolina.
Affirmative action programs in education--North Carolina.
Higher education and state--North Carolina.
Subject Name
University of North Carolina (System)--Trials, litigation, etc.
Chambers, Julius L. (Julius LeVonne), 1936-
Friday, William C. (William Clyde)
Listening copy
Yes
Audio access
Digital
Listening copy file type
MP3
Medium of Original
Cassette
Duration
0:56:18
Notes
Original extent: 1 cassette
Life history
Yes
Field notes
Yes
Photographs
No
Tapelog
No
Supplementary materials
No
Citation
Interview with [interviewee name] by [interviewer name], [interview date] [interview number], in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digital Collection
Oral Histories of the American South
Collection in Repository
#4007, Southern Oral History Program, http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/s/Southern_Oral_History_Program_Collection.html
Repository
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Host
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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