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. Codeveloped with Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change.
Racing to Change, Oregon's Civil Rights Years The Eugene Story. The 1960s and 70s brought conflict and change to the United States. Like the rest of the country, the civil rights years brought excitement and tension to Oregon. Come listen to stories from those years--stories of struggle, resilience, and uplift.
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. While focused on the 20th century, the exhibit also illuminates a longer history of exclusion and resistance through historical documents dating back to the nineteenth century.

The exhibit was on view October 12, 2019 through Sunday, September 19, 2021, and is now available online.

Are you a secondary educator teaching about race in Oregon? Request our free Racing to Change Educator's Guide for grades 6 through 12.