The Eugene Springfield NAACP, local clergy, and community leaders joined Tuesday to voice support for Black Lives Matter. This comes as protests continue against systemic racism and police brutality against people of color.
Eric Richardson is Executive Director of the NAACP chapter.
“It is past time that the United States look at its soul and that means the United States is made up of individuals.” Richardson said, “So we as individuals have to look into our souls and activate ourselves as stewards of a great spirit that this nation can embody.”
Richardson also pointed out that black people are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The press conference was held at the Mims House in Eugene, which was the first known home owned by African Americans in the city. Participants wore face masks and social distanced in the outdoor courtyard.