Benefit Concert for the Edwin Coleman Mural Project

Stop by Whirled Pies on 8th Ave to honor the life and legacy of Professor Coleman

6:00-9:00 PM, Friday, March 15, 2019


Oregon nonprofit Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth (H.O.N.E.Y., Inc.) is sponsoring a benefit concert in the name of beloved UO English Professor Edwin Coleman, Jr. The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, March 15th at Imagine Whirled Pies (199 W 8th Ave).

The concert supports the Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Equity Action Team's creation of murals honoring Professor Coleman. The murals will be located at the community center at 1545 W. 22nd Ave. in Westmoreland Park. The Eugene City Council renamed for Professor Coleman on April 24, 2018.

The concert is a family-friendly event that features music by rhythm & blues combo Robert Blair and the Atmospheres and reggae band Level Vibes. There is a suggested donation of $5-$20 on a sliding scale, but no one will be turned away.

A Life of Advocacy

Dr. Coleman worked tirelessly in the English Department and wider campus community. He taught African American literature courses and folklore classes for 30 years, and he guided the Folklore Program toward remarkable success, even serving as President of the Oregon Folklore Society.

In addition to being an excellent teacher, Coleman was a remarkable mentor for black students. In the early 1970s, for instance, UO President Robert Clarke called on Coleman to be a liaison between the school and a student involved in a Black Panther Party march to protest racial inequality facing Black Americans.

Ultimately, though, Dr. Coleman's impact on the University and the City of Eugene more generally is immeasurable. He was a vital part of efforts to improve local race relations, as well as key advocate in the naming of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the dedication of Rosa Parks Plaza in downtown Eugene. 

Coleman's Legacy

Friday's benefit concert will help H.O.N.E.Y. Inc. and the FAN Equity Action Team. H.O.N.E.Y. Inc. formed as a nonprofit in 1985 to create multicultural events in a town where families of interracial, multicultural heritage could connect and explore ways to thrive. They provide multicultural educational programs, culture clubs, and many other forums for the entire community. The FAN Equity Action Team formed in the winter of 2018 due to concerns about the rise of hate crimes and bias incidents across the city.

The Equity Action Team is focused on promoting and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment in the Friendly Area. Donations from community members along with a City of Eugene Community & Neighborhood Matching Grant will fund the creation of the murals.

For more information about the Benefit Concert and H.O.N.E.Y, contact:

For more information about the Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr. Center Mural Project, contact the Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team: