Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change. 
Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's Black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. On view beginning Saturday, October 12.

Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join members of Oregon Black Pioneers for a grand opening celebration of the landmark exhibit. Admission is free.


11:00 a.m. Museum and Racing to Change exhibit open, with activities throughout.

11:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting at the Black Cultural Center

12:30 p.m. Powerhouse Praise Team performance in the museum courtyard

1:00 p.m.  Welcome from Willie Richardson, president of Oregon Black Pioneers and Senator James I. Manning, Jr. in the museum courtyard