Silent Sam Monument

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Jamil Kadoura, owner of Mediterranean Deli, smiles as he finishes preparing a plate for a customer. 

Med Deli owner shares his optimism for a mended community despite recent protests

If you don't love Mediterranean Deli, you've at least heard of it. Characterized by its huge serving plates piled high with colorful, fresh delicacies and its sunny staff, the restaurant brings cuisine steeped in culture to Chapel Hill and beyond.  Med Deli brings people together over authentic food, but the restaurant's founder hopes people do more than share a meal between friends; he hopes it uplifts the community as it uplifted him. 


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A look into the Silent Sam protest on Saturday

On Aug. 25, a protest unfolded as supporters of Confederate monument Silent Sam clashed with those in favor of the removal of the statue. Since the toppling of the monument on Aug. 20, 11 arrests have been made, though UNC Media Relations has stated that more may occur. Chancellor Carol Folt spoke with reporters on Saturday afternoon, shortly after the protest ended, about future steps and University safety.  Photo editor Janet Ayala and photographer Sarah Redmond gave us an inside look into the protest. 


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UNC's legacy of slavery doesn't end with Silent Sam

He knew that the slave legacy wouldn’t dissolve with the statue’s removal. He knows the solution still needs direction. But on Tuesday afternoon, senior Nicho Stevens walked up to the remains of Silent Sam by himself. The statue that once greeted him when he passed through North Campus — the symbol that once made him feel like he didn’t belong at UNC — felt less imposing. He lingered for a few minutes, without blinking. A satisfied smile grew on his face.


Maya Little speaks at the Peace and Justice Plaza on Monday August 21st against confederate monument Silent Sam. Maya had been previously arrested for her demonstrations against Silent Sam.

Maya Little denies organizing Silent Sam protest

At the protest against Silent Sam on Monday, August 20, Maya Little gave remarks before the group marched on McCorkle Place, and hours later, removed the statue from its pedestal. She spoke about her experience with police at previous protests, as well as her continued dissent of the Confederate monument on campus. The next day, she spoke with The Daily Tar Heel about her relationship with protesters, her criminal and honor court charges and her next steps. 


Silent Sam's Wake

Today’s Tar Heels need to consciously build understanding with one another for a civilized community to survive this event, as it cuts to the core of a racial and historical identity divide.