Beck rally disrespected King

August 30, 2010

I am deeply upset from witnessing the demonstration that took place on the anniversary of the Poor People's March on Washington in 1963, when Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a generation with his famous speech ("Thousands attend Beck rally," Aug. 29).

When Dr. King was gunned down, I lost my faith in humanity. I witnessed the riots that followed this abomination without surprise in 1968 from my vantage point in Chicago, where I was engaged in the Southside as a community organizer for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

I marched in the poor people's march on Washington, in 1968, in the same spot where the big photo-op was staged by followers of Glenn Beck and Sarah Plain. To choose to have this event on this day, in this place, was inflammatory and disrespectful of the memory of Dr. King and the causes of equality and social justice which he so charismatically spoke about on August 28, 1963.

J. Sarah Posner, Baltimore

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