NAACP holds virtual MLK Jr. memorial event

The event is being held online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 10:45 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 11:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Springfield NAACP is holding a virtual event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Community members can watch the memorial event on YouTube.

It’s scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event is being held online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To watch the event, CLICK HERE

Earlier in the day, the Eugene Springfield NAACP held a socially-distant car parade across from Autzen Stadium. Participants could drive, bike or walk through the parking lot and get free gifts, t-shirts and masks and chat with community leaders.

NAACP Executive Director Eric Richardson, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, State Senator James Manning and many others were in attendance.

The car parade was also streamed online to allow people to participate from home. Richardson said the turnout for the event was even better than he expected.

“We kind of just wanted to makes sure that even though we are facing adversity as a community, we stayed true to our mission. Stay true to our traditions and really just pull through,” Richardson said.

Many said they were glad there was still an event to honor Dr. King's legacy. 

“I come every year for the march. I think it’s important to just raise awareness that we are all a big community, and an inclusive community. I just love coming and seeing all the people who show up,” said Eugene resident Isabel Kelly. 

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