Al Sharpton Rally Draws Differences With Glenn Beck Rally – A few hundred meters away from the 8/28 Glenn Beck rally, black leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, staged a demonstration to protest-against the “misuse” of the message of Martin Luther King by Beck and his supporters. No incidents were reported.
For the Rev. Al Sharpton, heir to the civil rights movement and spokesman of the black community, the Beck and Palin gathering was the opposite of the message of Martin Luther King. “They are an anti-government march on the day when King came to appeal to the government. We can not have both.”
Sharpton handled his annual commemoration of King’s speech in a school nearby. Sharpton rally was called “Reclaim the Dream”, it focused on education and was conducted in the presence of Martin Luther King III, son of the pastor.
Rev. Sharpton did not want to attack Beck and his followers directly. “We came because the dream (King) has not been realized. We have made great progress but we still have a long way to go,” he said.
He said he did not want confrontation with the pro-Beck. “We do not dishonor this day by allowing you to challenge us,” he said to them, then giving this advice to his camp: “Let the line stretch. They already are going to say there were only 2,000 or 3,000 of you here. If people start heckling, smile at them. This ain’t about you — it’s about Dr. King.”
Al Sharpton rally attendance was inferior to 5000 according to early estimates.