Julius L. Chambers oral history interview, 1997 October 24
Charlotte attorney Julius L. Chambers, who represented the plaintiffs in the landmark case, Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, talks at length about the integration of schools in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mr. Chambers discusses his clients' successful outcome in the Supreme Court, which mandated that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system take measures to integrate their schools through means including racial quotas and busing. He also explores the social and political ramifications of a reversal of the Swann decision [which ultimately happened in 1999, two years after the time of interview]. Mr. Chambers concludes by acknowledging the accomplishments of the desegregation movement, but notes that more work would need to be done in order to more fully integrate Charlotte's schools.