GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A group marched in Grand Rapids Thursday to honor the life and work of civil rights activist César E. Chávez.

With local and state leaders in attendance, there was strong turnout for the social justice march.

This was its first year on the recently renamed César E. Chávez Avenue. Last year’s march, which would have happened the month after the street was renamed, was rained out.

The march was followed by a program for youths at the Potter’s House Chapel and then luncheon at Maya Mexican Grill on 28th Street in Wyoming.

Chávez would have turned 96 years old this month.