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Saturday September 25th

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.



DTH Photo Illustration: Some N.C. senators recently announced the introduction of a Hate Crimes Prevention Act that would require states and local authorities to publish data on hate crimes.

Lawmakers file new bills to increase scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes

The mirrored bills would expand the definition of a hate crime and increase the scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes.  The introduced Hate Crimes Prevention Acts would also require law enforcement training on how to identify and respond to a hate crime.  Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said that this act would have impacted his department’s investigation of the 2015 murders of three Muslim students,  Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. 

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