August 28th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Glenn Beck stresses faith in rally on anniversary of King's speech

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.


Post by:
Filed under: Politics
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. E. Gray

    To get an understanding of how dangerous Beck is, just go to this blog post and read the comments ( Apparently the post has angered a whole lot of Beck fans and they are posting the most ridiculous things. And worse, apparently from listening to Beck for so long, they seem to be conditioned t ignore facts even when presented to them directly. Some of the opposing comments provide factual examples of Beck's inflammatory and racist comments, complete with date, yet they say that no one is able to provide proof of the things Beck has said. They are so blinded with hate and Beck's lies, they can't see anything else.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • kaye

      funny how being a racist now a days is just disagreeing with someones politics....amazing huh?....the word racist is used and abused so much latly that it's losing it's fire power, like crying wolf too many times....and it usually means the one calling out racist has lost the fight and has nothing else to say!

      August 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      HMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Having trouble understanding how you can talk about hate when you have this link that says nothing but hateful things about someone that you don't even know. If you have a valid answer that actually makes sense let me know.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. kaye

    extremists never want to hear or see someone elses opinion, unless it's in total agreement with their own....i applaud cnn for reporting beck, everyone has a right to their opinion and no one is forced into believing not report on it is like book burning, and as far as the so called facts go...for every fact the dems. come up with ,the rep. refute it, and vice a versa.....both sides tell us they are the ones that got it going when trully none of them do....we are the suckers that believe it time and time again...sadly!

    August 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Common Sense

    In the U.S. today, free speech only applies to those with liberal ideology or anti-american view. If you are conservative, pro-america, you do not deserve free speech. Because, if you are conservative and where a tie, you are 'the man' 'wh$#ey' etc.
    Reverse discrimination has gotten way out of hand. Let's clarify, white male – no rights. Sorry h%$#y.

    August 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keepitreal

    By the way, Al Sharpton? This guy is unbelievably racist. I cannot believe people view him as a leader! Just listen to him speak, what a moron

    August 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BH

    Notice what CNN doesn't mention- that Dr. King's niece is attending Beck's rally.....

    August 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david344

    i watched the rally there were almost a million people therethe speeches were great and the only negitive came from the other side-rember congress paid for and printed the bible for our first schools-its has always been part of our country-now cnn the camers showed the people you have to cover it now

    August 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark 501

    Maybe the judge will be british and she can finally find her BBF. I wonder if they took her septor, because they could have held a a show right there in jail, She could have found her BEST BUSTED FRIEND . NO Serousily people like her need help but it is lookjed at a different way in that world. Because heven forbid that the name Paris Hilton get out ohhh no that would bruse the familys history, She is old enough to know what she is doing but maybe she need help. her parent ought to wake up and see that she is their child and get her all the help she needs, and quit enableing her, and yes I know this comjes from a 28 yr addict that still struggles with it every day remember one day at a time,and or for some of us its a minute at a time. Sad but true.

    August 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    In that speech "I have a dream", does MLK was referring the blacks to another country beside this one?. If that was the case than they all need to pack up and go back to Africa. America was for the blacks their promise land, can't agree totally to what happened to them but it was better off than their own homeland. We even have one or half of one as President, and his wife didn't even appreciated and proud she was an American not before her Husband was ahead in the polls.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |