'It's a matter of honor'

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" civil rights rally and speech on the Washington Mall, there will be a number of rallies and speeches in the same place.

One will be led by liar and racial provocateur and also Democrat presidential wannabe and dear, dear friend of many prominent Democrats, Rev. Al Sharpton. Arne Duncan, former president of the Chicago Board of Education and now head of the Department of Education, despite never attending a public school but dear, dear friend of President Barack Obama (D), will be a featured speaker.

Another, at the Lincoln Memorial, where King spoke on that memorable day, will be led by talk show host and the bane of liberals, Glenn Beck.

Dr. Alveda King (yes, as in Dr. Martin Luther King, her uncle) explains in an op ed in the Christian Science Monitor why she chose to be one of the featured speakers at. . .Glenn Beck's gathering.

Beck's rally is not a political event, per se. Instead, it is designed to be a refreshing exercise of freedom of speech.

The rally will be a celebration of who we are as a nation and a chance to stop for a moment, reflect, reorganize, and re-energize. It's a chance to think about character; both our character as a nation and our character as individuals. (snip)

The rally will also give America another chance to honor and thank the men and women in our armed forces for the dangers they face every day in our stead. Unless you have a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan, it's too easy to forget that tens of thousands of Americans are far from the comforts of home, are directly in harm's way, facing an enemy who hates us precisely because we are free. And coming just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11, the day that roused us from our complacency, we could use another wakeup call, one of our own devising.

When I join Beck and all gathered at the Lincoln Memorial this weekend, I will talk about my Uncle Martin and the America he envisioned. I will talk about honor and character and sacrifice. I will be joined by those who represent the diversity of the human race. (snip)

On Saturday, Uncle Martin's dream of personhood and human dignity will resound across America.

And what does she think of those who criticize her choice of venues to speak?

[F]reedom of speech gives them the right to do so - and to criticize me for not jumping on their bandwagon. But Uncle Martin's legacy is big enough to go around.