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Monday December 6th

Elevate: Amplifying voices in our community

Elevate is here to do exactly what it says — to give a platform to those whose voices are often silenced. This is a page to celebrate and uplift the underrepresented communities that make up Chapel Hill, who contribute to our culture and daily lives in ways that are often not reported. Elevate adds depth to stories across campus, the town and Orange County.

The page is in part put together and reported by members of the Sharif Durhams Leadership Program, a talent and leadership development course for DTH students from underrepresented groups. Elevate accepts pitches throughout the year for op-eds and letters from members of different groups in our community. Please send submissions to

Miss Indian NC, Kaitlyn Deal, performs the song 'Brown Skin' on a hand drum at the CIC cultural showcase on Nov. 18, 2021 at the Great Hall.

Carolina Indian Circle celebrates annual culture showcase

“It’s been the first showcase we’ve had since COVID,” said Evynn Richardson, who is a first-year and member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and Nansemond Nation. "And not having one for the past two years, I’m just excited for everyone to showcase what they’ve worked on and what’s important to them pertaining to their indigeneity.”

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People rallied in the Pit in support of Maya Little before placing flowers  at the site where James Cates was killed in 1970.

UNC community honors memory of James Cates on the anniversary of his death

Friends, family and advocates for Cates shared his story and discussed ongoing efforts to memorialize him at the remembrance event. "James was more than just a neighbor, he was a best friend,” Robert Campbell, a local minister and childhood friend of Cates', said. “He was a visionary and I just try to imagine, what would he have accomplished if he was still alive today?”

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"The land represents stability," reads a plaque at the front of the Gift by the Student Union. The Gift is an art installation that celebrates symbols drawn from Native American traditions and the natural world.

'We are here': First Nations Graduate Circle hosts land acknowledgement rally

UNC's First Nations Graduate Circle hosted a rally in The Gift on Wednesday, encouraging all students and staff to learn about UNC’s prospective land acknowledgment.  “This was built on stolen lands from brown people, and built on the backs of enslaved Black people,” said Lydia Ruth Mansfield, historian for the Carolina Indian Circle and member of the Lumbee tribe. “It is so important that we acknowledge that history and not shy away from it.” 

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