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Friday January 27th

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 elevate@dailytarheel.com.



Chapel Hill Bible Church is pictured on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. The church faces allegations of abuse.

Chapel Hill Bible Church leaders face allegations, investigations over abusive behavior

Over the last few years, over 200 people have left Chapel Hill Bible Church due to concerns over sexism, racism and emotional abuse by leaders in the church.  Three separate investigations have taken place regarding the alleged dysfunction since 2020. A 64-page report with recommendations was released by the Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) to church leadership in early November. Instead of releasing it to the congregation per GRACE’s recommendation, only church elders and deacons were allowed to read it.

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Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at the dedication of the memorial for James Lewis Cates, Jr. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

'Grief is love lost': UNC community dedicates permanent memorial to James Cates

The James Lewis Cates Jr. memorial — an outcome of years of student and local advocacy — was officially dedicated in the Pit on Monday. Cates, 22, was a Chapel Hill resident murdered outside the Student Union in November 1970 by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang. “In a perfect world, we would see his dreams fully realized today and would have him here as an elder to share the beauty of his life on his own,”  Student Body President Taliajah “Teddy” Vann said. “And to pour his wisdom into Black students at UNC, like members of the Northside have done for decades.”

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Chapel Hill Town Hall stands on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. The Town of Chapel Hill announced on Aug.18 that they will be releasing $7.8 million to help fund affordable housing projects.

Chapel Hill Town Council to vote on resolution regarding Operation Readi-Rock

During the Nov. 16 town council meeting, the Chapel Hill Town Council is set to approve a resolution that will acknowledge harm caused by the Graham Street raid of 1990, also known as Operation Readi-Rock, and issue a formal apology to those impacted. The meeting will be on the 32nd anniversary of the raid, which was an execution of a search warrant on a full block of Graham Street that disproportionately affected Chapel Hill’s Black community.

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Column: Dating needs an overhaul

"Dating apps have effectively killed the dating scene for LGBTQ+ and straight individuals. From hookup culture to perpetuating racial stereotypes, these apps have long stifled emotional connections among users."

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