Earlier this month, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announced that it has awarded a grant to the Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights to support its legal advocacy, public outreach and education, and research in support of North Carolina communities working to challenge the impacts of racial exclusion. This is the second grant the Foundation has made to the Chambers Center, and this support has been critical in helping provide stability and sustainability as the Center continues to represent clients in matters regarding education equity, environmental justice, civic engagement, and access to basic public services.
Chandra Taylor, Chairperson of the Center’s Board of Directors, said “We are deeply appreciative of this support and the confidence in the impact of our work that it represents. This funding will assist in our on-going efforts to raise resources, to keep training the next generation of civil rights advocates, and to continue representing those that are directly affected by systemic and institutional racism.”
“Without the Center’s legal support, our community members would not be able to even be heard by a court of justice,” said Naeema Muhammad, Co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, “and the quality of that legal representation gives us the ability to actually achieve some justice. We are grateful to ZSR for understanding that fact and supporting our communities in this important way.”
Mo Green, Executive Director of the Foundation, said “The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation deeply appreciates the Chambers Center’s commitment to continuing Julius Chambers’ legacy by bringing an important approach and skill set to its clients and to the field of civil rights work. The Center is focused on important issues for the people of NC, and ZSR is proud to be a partner.”