Large crowds rallied by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, among them the Tea Party faithful, descended Saturday where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech exactly 47 years ago.
People filled the park by the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the shadows and echoes of the most pivotal civil rights address in America's history.
Some of those who marched with King said Beck had usurped the day for his own political gain. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN that Beck was mimicking King and "humiliating the tradition."
Other civil rights activists planned to gather nearby with the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network and march to the site of the future Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, just a few blocks from the Lincoln Memorial. It's possible participants in both events could cross paths.