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Eugene-Springfield NAACP hosts Memorial Day fundraiser

This year's Memorial Day Barbecue for the Eugene-Springfield NAACP looked different as there was no grilling happening.

Posted: May 25, 2020 7:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- This year's Memorial Day Barbecue for the Eugene-Springfield NAACP looked different as there was no grilling happening.

Instead they handed out 100 free meals donated by cafe Sohlari to anyone who stopped by the historic Mim's house.

People were able to drive by and pick up food as well as sit and enjoy their traditional Mediterranean meal while keeping proper distance.

This year's celebration also fell during Eid Mubarak, the final celebration of the month of Ramadan where practicing Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset as an act of worship.

Ibrahim Coulibaly is the president of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP and he says it was special to be able to join the holidays.

"We're happy that they carried on that tradition of Muslim brotherhood of giving food during Ramadan to help people who are in need but also gather as a community," he said.

This year's theme is breaking bread together in freedom and hopes to highlight the African American connection to Memorial Day which has been traced to funeral rites observed after the Civil War in South Carolina.

This event was also a fundraiser for international students at Lane Community College, who are raising money for students in need.

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