Julius Chambers, Torn Lambeth Receive 2001 University Award
Civil rights champion Julius L. Chambers ' 62 (LLBJD) and Thomas W Lambeth ' 57, a longtime advocate for higher education, have
received the 2001 University Award, the highest honor
given by the UNC System Board of Governors for
service to higher education in North Carolina.
Chambers, a Charlotte attorney and former chan-
cellor ofN.G Central University, was honored for his
commitment to civil rights and his support of equal
and excellent educational opportunity; Lambeth, for-
mer executive director ofthe Z. Smith Reynolds
Foundation in Winston-Salem, was recognized for
sustained contributions to the University and to other
educational institutions in the state.
A native of Mt. Gilead, Chambers earned his bache-
lor's degree from NCCU and law degrees from UNC
and Columbia University. After founding the state's first
integrated law firm, he shaped civil rights law by win-
ning landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, includ-
ing the desegregation of Charlotte's schools.
Chambers is a former member of the NCCU board
of trustees and the UNC System Board of Governors,
and he led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Fund for nine years. For eight years as NCCU's chan-
cellor, he raised the school's academic expectations and
strengthened its teacher education programs. He
recently was chosen to direct the UNC law school's
new civil rights center, which will open in the spring.
A native of Clayton, Lambeth worked at the Win-
ston-Salem Journal and, as a member of the staff of
then-N.G Gov. Terry Sanford ' 39, he joined the
Richardson Foundation of Greensboro in 1965. Thir-
teen years later, he became executive director of the Z.
Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, a posi-
tion he held until his retirement in December 2000.
During his tenure, the foundation awarded grants total-
ing more than $260 million to assist conununity eco-
nomic development, the environment, pre-collegiate
education, minority issues and women's issues.
As executive director, Lambeth reconunended
nearly 400 grants exceeding $27 million to benefit
UNC System campuses and affiliates, such as UNC-
TV and the UNC Press. He has served three terms
on the UNC Board of Trustees, including two years
as chairman. He is a member of the GAA's Board of
Directors and is a former GAA chairman. He cur-
rently directs the GAA's Tar Heel Network and is a
member of the UNC Board ofVisitors.
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