A panel of three community leaders will discuss the new program announced by PeaceHealth and Eugene Marathon: Strides for Social Justice—a free, family-friendly app offering self-guided tours highlighting the contributions, achievements and milestones of Eugene’s Black residents, as well as some of the injustices they have faced.
When the pandemic forced cancelation of last year’s marathon, PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon began brainstorming alternatives—and after the death of George Floyd and the protests in its wake, this idea began to take form. The aim of the program is to enlighten and educate, as well as encourage physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon worked closely with a diverse 16-member steering committee, whose input was essential in building the program. Donations to the program will go to the NAACP and other organizations focused on social justice.
Stops along the four initial routes include the historic Mims House, the Ed Coleman Community Center murals and the site of the former Ferry Street Community, Eugene’s first Black community. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. Please visit peacehealth.org/strides-for-social-justice to learn more.