EUGENE, Ore. — Communities all over Lane County celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday Monday.
One of the biggest and high-profile celebrations was the NAACP’s march traveling through Eugene. Lane County’s NAACP chapter lead the march through the fog and frost morning as hundreds gathered to honor MLK with their signs, presence and songs.
The march began at Autzen Stadium and traveled all the way to the Shedd Institute downtown where supporters joined some very high profile actors, performers, and local civil rights stars to celebrate MLK. They included actor Quentin Aaron and R&B artist Ray-J.
“I look up to him and admire him for what he stood for and what he believed in and what he saw what he could make happen, and this is why I celebrate Martin Luther King,” Aaron said.
“You’re seeing all walks of life here today, and you know it’s about the diversity across the board, and that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for everybody, not just for one group of people, and that’s what this is about today,” said Rachel Parra, Event Coordinator.
This year’s efforts by the NAACP brought one of the largest-ever crowds to Eugene’s MLK birthday celebration.