PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of about 1,000 people were marching in Portland, Oregon, Friday as part of a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The rally in Oregon’s city was led by Portland’s NAACP chapter and the Black youth organization Fridays 4 Freedom.

It began with a rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Portland’s convention center.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that participants were encouraged to join as an alternative to the March on Washington happening simultaneously in the nation’s capital.

and was to proceedthe convention center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The 1.1-mile march kicked off at 1 p.m., heading east on Northeast Holladay Street, with a crowd estimated at more than 1,000.