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Glenn Beck crowd: Not so white as advertised

My friend Tim Hester caught between two funny guys at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally. (Courtesy of Karla Kuykendall Hester © 2010)

Yours truly covered Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on August 28, 2010. When Beck scheduled his rally, he didn’t know it was the anniversary of Martin Lither King Jr.’s  classic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Given the anniversary, Al Sharpton was outraged and attempted to steal attention by announcing he’d lead “progressive” protesters to the Lincoln Memorial and “reclaim the dream” of Martin Luther King. To the best of my knowledge, no one spotted him there.

After all, Alveda King, daughter of Rev. A.D. King and niece of  Rev. Martin Luther King, spoke at Beck’s rally. Click on the second or third link for her best line.

Anyway, here’s my eyewitness account to WND weekend editor Drew Zahn:

August 29, my analytical piece with insightful interviews was published with the headline above:

Update Monday, August 30 Thanks Matt Drudge for linking to the story: Crowd at Beck rally was racially diverse…

Were you there? Share your experience below…

2012 update: The filmmakers of “Runaway Slave” documented both Beck’s and Sharpton’s rallies. See my story on that @


4 comments for “Glenn Beck crowd: Not so white as advertised”

  1. The rally was spiritually uplifting,100% positive,and a decisive victory for America over our lower, baser instincts for knee-jerk reactionary partisanship.
    It was a rare privelidge to memorialize dr. King at an event that honored our men,and women in uniform , raised money for the families of fallen special forces soldiers,recognized recipients of awards for faith,hope,and charity,but most definitively called upon us as a nation of individuals to reinvigorate our respective faiths with prayer,love and fellowship.

    Posted by ken | September 1, 2010, 10:27 pm
  2. Ken it was great to meet you and your friend there. Sorry your comments didn’t make it into the story, but glad to have your feedback here.

    Posted by Anita Crane | September 1, 2010, 11:40 pm
  3. I watched reports of this phenomenal event on TV, O’Reilly Factor and other FOX news accounts, and was blown away by the crowd and Beck, himself. I wish I could have been there, but am encouraged by the huge turnout. Regardless of where people stand on the issues, this cannot be ignored. We are not alone, and I am excited by the swell of support for the issues that are in the best interest of all Americans. Go Anita!

    Posted by Cindy | September 10, 2010, 7:29 am
  4. Thanks and go Cindy!

    Posted by Anita Crane | September 10, 2010, 10:13 am

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