Sharpton: 'They Have the Platform, We Have the Dream'

He stages rally to counter Glenn Beck's

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 28, 2010 5:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – Al Sharpton led his counter-rally to Glenn Beck's today, declaring: "They may have the mall, but we have the message. They may have the platform, but we have the dream." Sharpton and other activists gathered to commemorate the 47th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, then joined hands and walked 3 miles to the site of King's future memorial. The AP put attendance at "several thousand," noting that his marchers crossed paths with some of Beck's supporters. No trouble ensued, save for some "mutual taunting."

"This is our day and we ain't giving it away," said Sharpton. He and others took umbrage with Beck staging his Restoring Honor rally on the anniversary, though Beck insists it was coincidental. He's "humiliating the tradition," declared Jesse Jackson. More details from CNN here.

Rev. Al Sharpton, third from left, and others march through Washington Saturday.
Rev. Al Sharpton, third from left, and others march through Washington Saturday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III are seen during a rally at the future site of the Dr. Martin Luther King memorial.
Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III are seen during a rally at the future site of the Dr. Martin Luther King memorial.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rev. Al Sharpton joins religious and civil rights leaders at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday.
Rev. Al Sharpton joins religious and civil rights leaders at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and others march through Washington to the site of the future Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and others march through Washington to the site of the future Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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