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Wednesday March 29th

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

A screenshot from Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s lecture for Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Award-winning author Marcia Chatelain delivers 2022 Black History Month lecture

On Feb. 9, acclaimed historian and Georgetown University professor Marcia Chatelain delivered UNC’s 2022 Black History Month lecture, discussing her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that explores the relationship between McDonald's and Black entrepreneurship. "There’s really rarely an accounting for the cultural work — and the effective cultural work — that corporations, particularly fast-food corporations, do in ingratiating themselves to Black experiences and Black cultural forms,” she said.

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Members of the Black Student Movement celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in the Student Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

A guide to Black History Month events on campus

Black History Month is celebrated annually throughout the month of February. The campus community has planned the 2022 Black History Month Lecture, "Blood Done Sign my Name" live performance by Mike Wiley, and the Race and Memory at UNC discussion with William Sturkey and Danita Mason-Hogans. The UNC Black Student Movement is also hosting a collection of events.

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UNC ASL Club members practice their letters during a club meeting on Feb. 2, 2022.

'Language is such a bridge': UNC ASL club focuses on accessibility and learning

UNC’s American Sign Language club is an organization that teaches students about Deaf culture, ASL vocabulary and other deaf-related content and media.  “Language is such a bridge to other people," said Micah Baldonado, an ASL club member. "It just felt really humbling to be able to learn more about Deaf culture and immerse myself in something that I totally wouldn’t expect myself to place myself in."

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Josmell Perez, director of the Carolina Latinx Center, one of four cultural centers that make up the UNC Alliance, poses for a portrait outside the CLC on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. 

University campus centers form the UNC Alliance, call for student grant proposals

Four cultural centers — the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Asian American Center, the Carolina Latinx Center and the American Indian Center — have come together in a new partnership. Called the UNC Alliance, the partnership is for the centers to collaborate to examine crucial issues of equity and justice. “We have a very big vision,” Krupal Amin, associate director of the AAC, said.

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