Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally on Saturday brought out a massive number of people on Washington D.C.’s Mall. The crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial all the way past the reflecting pool.
Stories about visitors who slept overnight in the area, so they could reserve a patch of grass for viewing the event permeated some of the talk on Saturday. Many commented on the non-political nature of the event that also included speakers like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and niece of Martin Lither King, Jr. Alveda King.
Taking a heavily spiritual tone in his address to attendees, Mr. Beck made remarks referring to “pray[ing]” on our knees, recognizing God “ is our as King,” and noting the top of the Washington Monument’s embedded biblical scripture.
A few counter-rally protesters appeared at the Beck event, but no major-dustups were reported other than an exchange of words between some individuals. Rev. Al Sharpton held his rally at a local D.C. high school around the same time Mr. Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally happened. Later, Mr. Sharpton’s “Reclaiming the Dream” rally attendees, including Teamsters and Howard University students, marched to the future site of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.
The date of both rallies happened on the same day as civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Supporters of Rev. Sahrpton’s rally criticized Mr. Beck for choosing not only August 28 but also the same location as the civil rights leader.
Below are videos from both rallies.
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