Locals Going to Beck Counter-Demonstration

Several dozen Cincinnati residents will participate in Saturday's “Reclaim the Dream” rally in Washington, D.C.

The rally was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network after it was announced that conservative TV talk show host and self-described “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck was holding a demonstration on the mall in Washington, D.C., on the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”—-

The 1963 event ended with King's seminal “I have a dream” speech. About 250,000 people participated in the civil rights march.

Beck has been tight-lipped about what he's planned for his “Restoring Honor” event, which will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also is scheduled to speak.

Many civil rights and progressive organizations consider Beck's event to be an affront to King's legacy, based on Beck's many past comments about African-Americans including stating that President Obama “hates white people.”

The counter-demonstration will feature Sharpton, radio talk show host Tom Joyner, liberal TV talk show host Ed Schultz and leaders from 47 National Action Network chapters across the nation, along with heads of progressive organizations, unions and clergy.

Cincinnatians will board vans to travel to Washington at 9 p.m. Friday. They will depart from Jordan Crossing, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, in Bond Hill.

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