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Thursday December 8th

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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Signs outside Chapel of the Cross, an early voting location, point residents towards the front door on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

'Not accessible to everyone': People with disabilities face voting obstacles

Though polling locations across the country are required by statute to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, some voters may still have trouble casting their ballots according to Disability Rights North Carolina.   The American Civil Liberties Union found that one in every five people who are eligible to vote has a disability.  “Having the right to vote is the basics of this democratic system and we need to have a democratic system where every single citizen in this country can vote with no impediments to that practice,” Ricky Scott, a voting rights activist who is blind, said.

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DTH Photo Illustration. Epilogue Book Cafe has a stand with free LGBTQ+-themed books for community members. There are also various ways to get a book discreetly if you wish. Photographed Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.

Epilogue offers free queer books to increase accessibility

Epilogue Books Chocolates Brews is offering free queer literature for young adult and middle-grade readers, on a carousel of books called Reading Rainbows. Epilogue customers can contribute books to the carousel by letting a bookseller know a book they're purchasing is for Reading Rainbows or by having a bookseller choose one for them. 

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Ceara Corry, MPA, MSW, LCSWA; Social Worker. 
Photo taken by Daniel Brown

CAPS will host two safe dating seminars for multicultural students

Two programs hosted by UNC's Counseling and Psychological Services Multicultural Health Program are hoping to shed light on the increased sexual violence toward marginalized communities.  “Green Flags: Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating for International Students” will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 1:00 p.m. in room 3407 of the Carolina Union. “Healing Forward: Intimacy after Trauma for BIPOC Students” will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5:00 p.m. in room 3201 of the Student Union. 

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