NAACP hosts MLK Jr. Community March in Eugene

A handful of speakers, performers and players from the Duck football team spoke to the large crowd.

Posted: Jan 21, 2019 4:54 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2019 5:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of people throughout Eugene celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The annual NAACP MLK Jr. Community March started in front of Autzen Stadium, and a handful of speakers, performers and players from the Duck football team spoke to the large crowd.

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The group then marched to the Shedd Institute to honor King.

"The dream that was spoken of by him so many years ago, is a real thing that we are pursuing," Ebony Morgan with White Bird Clinic said. "If we all work hard and stay invested, I believe we'll get there. And today, all the people that came out today and spoke and said some wonderful things are an example of that hope."

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The event was not only sponsored by the NAACP, but also the University of Oregon and White Bird Clinic.

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Organizers said they are grateful for everyone who showed up Monday, and they hope it's even larger next year.

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