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Strides For Social Justice App Offers A Tour Of Black History In Eugene


The Strides for Social Justice app aims to increase awareness of Eugene’s Black History by offering guided tours around the city. A new mobile app developed by PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon takes users on a guided tour highlighting Black History throughout Eugene. The program includes audio, video and descriptions of several events and landmarks.

Last year, when the Eugene Marathon was canceled because of the pandemic, both PeaceHealth and Eugene Marathon brain-sstormed alternative solutions.

“During that time George Floyd was murdered and all of the subsequent protests occurred and then the idea began to take form,” said Marcy Marshall, the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at PeaceHealth. “We were really impacted deeply, personally, we wanted to see if we could collaborate on a program that really focused on social justice.”

They came up with Strides for Social Justice, an app where users can explore Black History found in Downtown, West Eugene, Westmoreland Park, and South Eugene. Each route is guided by guides including Healthy Moves Executive Director Denise Thomas and Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon.

Ian Dobson, the Eugene Marathon Race Director, said the program is only one step in addressing […]

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