Marching with a purpose

Thousands of protesters marched from the Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse to Alton Baker Park to stand up for racial equality.

Posted: May 31, 2020 7:56 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 11:01 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Thousands of people gathered at the Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse in Eugene for the March for Black Lives rally on Sunday. 

Protesters marched from the courthouse and across the Ferry Street Bridge ending at Alton Baker Park.

The purpose of the march was a call for racial equality and social justice in the community.

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This comes as a result of the death of George Floyd who was killed after having his neck pinned down by a white police officer on May 25 in Minneapolis.

"I am tired of the injustice. I am tired of the racism," protester Amanda Pauley said. "I'm tired of the snide remarks and comments. I'm tired of the jokes. It's not a joke. Racism is real. It's not right and it's our turn to stand up and not be silent."

This is just one of a number of protests in cities across the country.

Those in attendance heard from multiple guest speakers including local NAACP Executive Director Eric Richardson.

Event organizers also did not want to be associated with the groups that looted and damaged local businesses in downtown Eugene on Friday night.

"I'm still very glad the people came out today, peaceful protested, not rioting," Simone Wiggins said. "It hurt my feelings when I saw that happening,"

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