"Love You Madly" Dinner, Art and Conversation at the Historic Mims House

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The Historic Mims House

330 High Street

Eugene, Oregon 97401

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In this current climate, the issue of racial division is exacerbated by the political rhetoric of the day. To combat this decay of the social fabric, we at the NAACP believe that highlighting the positive and resilient voices of communities of color will reinvigorate heart-to-heart communications and connections.

The local branch of the NAACP has been a central presence in the African American community and is well-placed as a community partner that speaks to the ideas of multiculturalism and inclusion.

The image of African Americans and Black people has long been under attack by those who despise diversity. Recently, there seems to be a hardening of this position. To foster positive understanding and exchanges, this program will give voice to those in the struggle; to those who can tell their stories as a true counterbalance to the negative and false narrative espoused by those who oppose a connected world and mankind.

Guests will be treated to an evening at the Historic Mims house, the oldest Black-owned property in Eugene, Oregon, and engage with local Black artists and/or activists to renew our shared humanity and understanding in these trying times. This free program is funded by a grant from Oregon Humanities.


  • Nov 8th, 7-10pm - "Music and Spirit of Zimbabwe" featuring Ratie Dangarembwa, new and local singer

  • Nov 15th, 7-10pm - "Emergence: The Voice of Women in 21st Century" an intimate discussion on the lives and experiences of women of color. Moderated by Brittany Judson, NAACP Program Coordinator and featuring our panelists Anetra Brown, Equity and Engagement Manager at United Way Lane County, Ayasha Benninghoven, ACT-SO Chair, Fama, UO Muslim Student Association President, and Ratie Dangarembwa, Zimbabwean vocalist.

  • Nov 29th, 7-10pm - "An Evening of History and Insight" with Charmaine Coleman, local, long-time Eugene resident and widow of the late Dr. Ed Coleman

  • Dec 6th, 7-10pm - "Poetry Through the Eyes of a Black Vet" with Marcus Holloway, a 10-year military veteran

  • Dec 13th, 7-10pm - "Art from the Heart of Oregon" Yvonne Stubbs : Portland Native-Artist, Mother, Granmother Pastor- Insights from a local African American Matriarch

  • Dec 20th, 7-10pm - "Black Image Re-imagined" , local NAACP Presidents host his father Arzinia Richardson longtime African Scholar and Philosopher.

  • Dec 27th, 7-10pm - "Community Kwanzaa!" Celebrating African-America and Pan-African traditions of ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration

Program Schedule:

  • 7:00-7:30pm - Arrival, buffet meal, and mingling with presenter

  • 7:30-8:15pm - Lecture & Performance

  • 8:15-8:30pm - Q&A

  • 8:30-9:00pm - Group Discussion

  • 9:00-9:30pm - NAACP Membership Ask/Discussion

  • 9:30-10:00pm - Wrap-Up


1) What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Upon entering the parking lot, you will see TWO houses: the first one, which is a large, dark teal house with yellow-ish borders and the proceeding one, which is the Historic Mims House, a cream-colored house with light blue borders, and white-picketed fence around the backyard. Please park in the lot nearest to this house and enter through the front entrance, which is past the fountain. If you are walking under the white pavilion, turn around---you're headed to the back yard. Give us a buzz at 541-632-4270 if you are lost the night of!

2) How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Eric Richardson at for questions, comments, or concerns.

3) Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Optional - Registered guest information will be prepared at check-in by the front door. We will check in registered guests with their ID's, e-ticket, and/or printed ticket.

4) Can I update my registration information?

Please contact the organizer using the contact info in Question 2.

5) Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

If someone has ordered tickets for you, please make note of this at checkout or let the organizer know before the event. The organizer's contact information can be found under Question 2.

6) What can I bring into the event?

An open heart, mind, and appetite.

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330 High Street

Eugene, Oregon 97401

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