The establishment of the Eugene chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1963 sparked the local civil rights movement. Eugene’s Black community faced widespread discrimination, but the areas of most concern were housing, jobs, and education. CORE members gathered data on incidents of police profiling, demonstrated against racism, and tested job and housing listings for racial discrimination.
Voices of the Community
Some of Eugene’s earliest Black residents were active in CORE. Mattie Reynolds, Annie D. Mims, Sam Reynolds, Jr., Willie C. Mims, and Lyllye Reynolds-Parker were all members.