Glenn Beck will host a rally in Washington, D.C., Saturday on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, but he says the date was not intentionally selected, according to The Washington Post.
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"Whites don't own Abraham Lincoln," Beck said in a recent broadcast of his Fox News show. "Blacks don't own Martin Luther King. Those are American icons, American ideas, and we should just talk about character, and that's really what this event is about. It's about honoring character."
The "Restoring Honor Rally" — taking place at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday — is intended to "celebrate America by honoring our heroes," according to the event's website. The conservative personality, who called President Barack Obama racist last year, says the rally, in which Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak, isn't political, and he plans in part to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
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Rev. Al Sharpton will also hold an event in D.C. on the same day to honor the 47th anniversary of the famous speech.
"When we heard about Glenn Beck, it was puzzling," Sharpton told the New York Daily News. "Because if you read Dr. King's speech, it just doesn't gel with what Mr. Beck or Mrs. Palin are representing.
Beck is expecting approximately 100,000 people at the event.