A Message from Mayor Pam Hemminger

Creating Greater Togetherness - Chapel Hill is a Place for Everyone

Post Date:02/04/2016 4:05 PM
Next week, members of the Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State and Duke communities join together to honor the lives of three extraordinary individuals – Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

Through their hard work, service to community and strong faith, they taught us the importance of striving for unity, fostering resilience for good, and treating one another with dignity and respect.

Fittingly, these core values – Unity, Resilience and Dignity – are at the heart of events planned, as their families, friends and our larger community keep their legacy alive through our commitment to continued dialogue and community service to ensure that Chapel Hill is truly “A Place for Everyone.”

Remembrance for Our Three Winners

Saturday, February 6 – United Muslim Relief Art Expo – A Year in Reflection
United Muslim Relief-Triangle will host this art expo (exhibit/auction) themed around “A Year of Reflection.” The exhibit will be offered at 6 p.m. at The Light House, 202 N. Tarboro St., Raleigh.  facebook.com/events/563966973762254/

Monday, February 8 -- “Stop Hunger Now”
This service event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Student Union.  Organized by the UNC Muslim Student Association, individuals will be working in teams to pack dehydrated meals that are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages and for crisis relief. facebook.com/events/1527398364220531/

Wednesday, February 10 – Memorial Service 
“Our Three Winners Memorial: A Day of Light” will be held at NC State University’s Stafford Commons at 6 p.m. unless the weather is a problem, in which case the event will be moved to the lobby of the NC State University Talley Student Union. The memorial will include a call to prayer, guest speakers and a candlelight remembrance. facebook.com/events/728142510619200/

Wednesday, February 10 – Honoring Our Three Winners
The UNC School of Dentistry will hold an event to honor the lives of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha at 1:15 p.m. in the Atrium of the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building. Their legacy of caring and community service continues to be an inspiration to us here in Chapel Hill and around the world. The event will include remarks from Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, UNC School of Dentistry Dean Jane Weintraub and Dental Student Body President Kaushal Gandhi. Because of limited seating, the event will be streamed live at UNC.edu.

Through Wednesday, February 10 – Barakat Memorial Food Drive
Organized by the School of Dentistry student government, canned goods are being collected under the media podium in the Koury Oral Health Sciences Atrium. These will be donated to the Urban Ministries of Durham and the United Way.

Thursday, February 11 – “Shattered Glass”
At NC State University’s Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union, NC State alumnus Mohammad Moussa will perform “Shattered Glass,” a 45-minute performance that will blend poetry, images and video in a tribute to Deah, Yusor and Razan. “Shattered Glass” will be a continuation of the conversation around the shooting and a reflection on what it means for the community, while also celebrating the victims and their legacies. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  

Friday, February 12 – “Deconstructing a Hate Crime”
Local attorneys and community organizers will discuss updates on the criminal trial for the Chapel Hill shootings and provide information on what individuals should do when they believe they have been victims of religious discrimination or hate crimes. This session will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm. at the Duke Law School, room 3041. facebook.com/events/907773792671458/

Ongoing:  Muslim Inclusion Group
Recognizing the importance of ongoing dialogue, a diverse group of civic and community leaders, residents and students meets regularly to discuss ways to welcome and support the Muslim community. 

To learn more about Chapel Hill's Muslim Inclusion concerns and efforts, please visit townofchapelhill.org/muslim-neighbors.

The Twitter hashtag for this remembrance is #ForwardWithFaith.

Barakat Memorial Fund Drive

Stop Hunger Now

Forward with Faith


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