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Sunday June 20th

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 marginalized 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 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.



Wilson Library overlooks Polk Place on March 1, 2021.

University Libraries launches Reckoning Initiative to advance anti-racism work

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, said that prior to the pandemic, the Libraries held an exhibition examining the historical role of science in creating concepts of race, as well as other exhibitions meant to demonstrate active commitment to the equity and inclusion work stated in the Libraries' framework. “You should belong,” Westbrooks said. “You’ve earned the right to be here, and we want to ensure that you belong, you’re represented and you’re treated equitably.”

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University Methodist Church on Franklin Street, as pictured on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, had its BLM signs torn down.

Black Lives Matter door knocked down again at University United Methodist Church

A display honoring the Black Lives Matter movement outside of University United Methodist Church was knocked down sometime between the evening of Thursday, May 6 and the morning of Friday, May 7. While a restored version was put back on display by May 14, Rev. Justin Coleman voiced concern that the person or people who knocked down the door might be willing to do harm to people either verbally or physically.

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Denise Page poses for a virtual portrait inside her car on Tuesday 4, 2021. Page has her two children attend school virtually due to safety concerns involving the COVID-19 pandemic.

For some Black families in CHCCS, remote learning is a "breath of fresh air"

Courtney McLaughlin, mother of three CHCCS students, said some Black families have felt more included in their students’ education during remote learning.  Instead of teachers communicating less, she said her kids’ teachers have been communicating with her more than ever. “This is the first time a lot of Black families have had that experience of having, I guess, a little bit of power, and a little bit of say-so,” she said. “I know what my kids learn; I know how he’s being treated during the day. I can hear it in the next room.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. The Registrar notified seniors that they will have the option to choose the name that appears on their diploma in ConnectCarolina.

After five-year fight, UNC allows graduates to specify name on diploma

The University Registrar notified seniors that they now have the ability to specify the name that appears on their diplomas. This decision allows students, who may not go by their legal names, to display the name they identify with on their diplomas.  Assistant Provost and University Registrar Lauren DiGrazia said the goal of the decision is to increase student pride in their accomplishments. 

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A demonstrator holds a sign at a community demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 23, 2021.

Andrew Brown Jr.'s family will be shown portion of body cam footage, judge rules

On Wednesday, a North Carolina judge denied the release of the footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s shooting to the media. Brown was sitting behind the wheel of his car at his Elizabeth City home when local officers opened fire on him the morning of April 21. The footage will be released to Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee, the attorney representing the victim and other family within one degree of kinship in the next 10 days.

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Camille Parker, who is from Durham, is carving a space for Black women country artists and fans. Photo courtesy of UNC Media Hub. 

Meet Camille Parker, a beacon for Black women in country music

Raised in Durham, Camille Parker is Bull City bred. It was there that she was introduced to Linda Martell, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Pride, and notably, Rissi Palmer. Now, over a decade later, Parker is a part of Palmer's "Color Me Country Class of 2021" and released her first single called "The Flame" in March 2021.  Despite challenges facing Black women trying to enter country music, Parker has burst on the scene and been embraced by Black women in the industry, such as Grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton.

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