Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally will occur at the Lincoln Memorial 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Although Beck claims that the rally won’t be “political”, rather “This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”
Of course, wherever Glenn Beck goes, therein lies controversy. There’s backlash over the chosen date – a date held very dear by Civil Rights leaders. Some think he’s trying to undermine that part of our history, given his less-than-ideal relationship with the NAACP.
Beck said “It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie. It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it and I walked offstage and my researchers said, New York Times has already just published that this is [the same day as the King speech] — and I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ ”
Still, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker notes, Martin Luther King, Jr. wouldn’t have denied Beck his rally on that day.