EUGENE, Ore. — Cities across the country will honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. One way to pay tribute is the annual NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. March in Eugene.
It starts in the Science Factory parking lot next to Autzen Stadium and ends at the Shedd Institute for post-march celebrations. Marchers will take MLK Boulevard to Alton Baker Park and over the Peter DeFazio bicycle bridge. It’s about a two-mile walk and organizers are hoping to send a powerful message one step at a time.
“This is a commemoration of past marches and past efforts bringing social justice and the issues of people of color and poor people to the forefront. So we want to show that the community is still concerned and we still remember our past and we want to move into the future,” says Eric Richardson, President of the Eugene/Springfield NAACP.
Peter DeFazio and the president of the University of Oregon will speak at the end of the march. There will also be performances by the NAACP 2014 MLK Choir and Frat and Sorority Step Dance.
It all starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday and the public is invited to attend.