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.