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Beck/Sharpton Rallies (Photo/Video Recap)

by April Watts (Photos by Anthony Tilghman & Shevry Lassiter)

Last Saturday (exactly 47 years after the historic March on Washington and Dr. King’s legendary “I Have a Dream Speech”),  the Nation’s Capital was divided by ideological opposites.   Political commentator Glenn Beck and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton both held rallies in Washington.  Beck touted his Restoring Honor Rally as a “non-political” gathering centered on bringing America back to its core values.  The rally was held at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Sharpton promoted his Reclaiming the Dream Rally as an effort to impress upon the next generation the ideals and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with heavy emphasis on education.  The rally was held at Dunbar High School—the first school for blacks in the District—after which attendees marched to the site of the proposed MLK memorial.

While estimates for both rallies are sketchy, both events brought out thousands.  Most reports claim the Glenn Beck rally had a noticeably larger turnout than the Sharpton rally. 

  
 

Restoring Honor Rally (Phots by Anthony Tilghman)

Sarah Palin at Restoring Honor Rally (Photo by Anthony Tilghman)

 

Restoring Honor Rally (Photo by Anthony Tilghman)

Restoring Honor Rally (Photo by Anthony Tilghman)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Rev. Al Sharpton at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Marc Morial (NUL) at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Rev. Al Sharpton at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Tom Joyner at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Mayor Adrian Fenty at the Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream Rally (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream March to the King Memorial site. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream March to the King Memorial site. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream March to the King Memorial site. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream March to the King Memorial site. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

Reclaiming the Dream March to the King Memorial site. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)

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8 Responses

  1. Billy Wachal 29. Aug, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Did anyone see the rally in the capital mall where Sarah Palin was speaking? I understand there were over 500,000 people attending

  2. LashawnJohnson 29. Aug, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Great overall cap of the rall/march!!! Photos are captivating and its good to see people still believe in the dream.

  3. newdaddydave 30. Aug, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Gotta love the camera angles, it tells the story for those in the business. Having a friend who is a videographer for a local TV station, I’ve been told of the tricks cameramen use to make crowds appear larger than they are, and ALL of these tricks have been used by the Al Sharpton rally above.

    1) Take close-ups so the background will appear blurry (leaving viewer to fill in background with their own imaginations of a non-existant crowd must be behind them).
    2) When photographing a crowd, if crowd is small hold camera low so viewers will think their are more layers to the crowd than there really are.
    3) If there is only a small crowd, only take one or two photos of the denses locations and never show another photo of the complete area. (like the HIGH SCHOOL stadium aka TINY, what is that 16 rows, and a small crowd in front of that? Woooo Hooo, and even in that tiny of a space look you can see empty space up towards the top)

    Remember, the “reflecting pool” is 2029 feet (0.38 miles) long. A high school stadium is usually much shorter than 100 yards Judging from the stage photos, and the direction this tiny crowd is looking at, only 1/2 of the stadium was intended for the audience seating. And most high school stadium don’t even span 100 yards. There was no talk of a overflowing stadium.

    I google mapped the Dunbar High school stadium, and the bleechers dont go but 50 yards (150 feet). I watched the videos where the stage had large open areas in front of the stage (with field lines that showed they were only speaking towards 1/2 the stadium) when the speakers were speaking. So to say there were 3000 people there and offer up this as evidence is, well, dishonest. I would expect nothing less from Al Sharpton and the liberal media. It was VERY informative to those who simply: Stop, think, and examine the evidence.

  4. newdaddydave 30. Aug, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Hey, found a few youtube videos shown for this event. Much of those 50 yards of bleachers were empty, and there is a LOT of green space on the field between the participants, and the last 10-15 yards were basically empty.

    Even the 100 yard field wasn’t even filled. The short 50 yard stadium seeting wasn’t filled. Also noticed there were very very few whites there, unlike the beck rally. If whites are 80% of the total population to have such a small number of whites, makes this rally far more unbalance than the Beck rally.

    Also, I saw the Union guy blatantly lie about the Beck rally putting down MLK. C-SPAN covered both rallys and I must say only one of them was hate filled, and full of distortions and it WAS NOT the Beck rally.

  5. Lana Leech 31. Aug, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Stop being sheep and start to read and think. If you allow yourselves to be cowed into thinking the way of Beck and Pallin then we are beyond help.

  6. Willa Jones-Williams 31. Aug, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    One of the first public figures to make effective use of the airwaves, Charles E. Coughlin, was for a time one of the most influential personalities on American radio. At the height of his popularity in the early 1930s, some 30 million listeners tuned in to hear his emotional messages. Many of his speeches were rambling, disorganized, repetitious, and as time went by, they became increasingly full of bigoted rhetoric. A supporter remembered the excitement of attending one of his rallies: “When he spoke it was a thrill like Hitler. And the magnetism was uncanny. It was so intoxicating, there’s no use saying what he talked about…” By the time Coughlin died in 1979 at the age of 88, the media was giving him very little attention. In the years since, some extreme right-wing organizations have begun to grant Coughlin the status of an elder statesman. In the early ’90s, one anti-black, anti-Semitic tabloid dedicated an entire edition to excerpts of the priest’s writings and speeches.

    • newdaddydave 03. Sep, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

      Obviously you are talking about Al Sharpton and his racist rants on his radio show. Good analogy.

  7. David Marie 08. Sep, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    always a pleasure to read your articles… keeep it up

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