The tributes to civil rights hero Julius Chambers (whose funeral will take place tomorrow in Charlotte) have been pouring in from many places. Click here to read Monday’s Charlotte Observer editorial.
Another one worth your time is this one by veteran Raleigh journalist and commentator Barlow Herget:
Julius Chambers passing by
There’s a scene in the classic movie, “To Kill a Mockingbird” where the black Reverend Sykes is sitting in the segregated balcony of the courthouse at the end of the trial.
When Atticus Finch is leaving the courtroom, Mr. Sykes rises as do all the blacks. He tells Finch’s tomboy daughter Scout who is sitting with the minister to stand. She asks, “Why?”
“Because your father’s passing by,” replies Reverend Sykes.
All North Carolina should rise at the “passing” of Julius Chambers. Read more