Help Us Put A Mural On The Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr., Center
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The Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team is seeking sponsors to help us create a series of murals to honor the legacy of Dr. Coleman on the walls of the community center at 1545 West 22nd Avenue in Westmoreland Park, renamed the Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. Center by the Eugene City Council on April 24, 2018. Dr. Coleman was an African American leader in Eugene advocating for human and civil rights for all
for more than 50 years and lived close to Westmoreland park. Four days after the renaming of the community center, a wall of the building was marred with racist graffiti.
The Equity Action Team formed in the fall of 2017 due to concerns about the increasing number of hate crimes and graffiti incidents in our community. Our goal is to help our neighborhood be more welcoming to all. We have the opportunity to apply for a Community and Neighborhood Matching Grant that would fund the creation of the mural. We are working with individuals and agencies on this project, including Charmaine Coleman, City Councilor Greg Evans, City of Eugene Cultural Services and Parks and Recreation Departments, and the Boys & Girls Club, which is housed in the Center.
We successfully applied for the initial matching grant and the first and second murals are completed!
An article about Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. from the April 24, 2018, Eugene Register-Guard is below.
For more information and to become a sponsor, please contact:
Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team
Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr.
Dr. Edwin Coleman passed away in January 2017. Dr. Coleman was an educator, musician, community activist, and family man. He was a leader in Eugene advocating for human and civil rights for more than 50 years. He was a tenured member of the faculty of the University of Oregon's English Department where he taught and mentored students and fellow colleagues. He served as a Track and Field official and was a staunch Duck fan. His heavy and impactful involvement in the issues affecting the local African American community led to numerous positive changes in the condition of local race relations. He was an instrumental force in the NAACP, the Lane County Democratic Party, the naming of MLK, Jr. Blvd. and the dedication of Rosa Parks Plaza in downtown Eugene. Dr. Coleman's imprint on the thousands of lives he touched in Eugene is immeasurable. This honor reflects one of the places in Eugene he loved most - the Westmoreland Park and Community Center where he raised his family and spent countless hours volunteering his time and resources to the betterment of all Eugene.