WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the famous "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Now, controversial and conservative talk show host Glenn Beck plans to hold his own rally on the anniversary and in the same location.
"When we heard he was going to hijack the memorial, we knew we had to respond," said Mike Morial, president of the National Urban League.
The National Urban League, NAACP, and Rev. Al Sharpton are among many activists who are staging their own rally marching from Dunbar High School to the site of the future MLK memorial on Ohio Drive, SW.
"All Americans are part of the dream, but that dream should not be politicized," Morial said.
However, Beck who defends himself on YouTube, said politics will not be involved in the event. He said the "Restoring Honor Rally" rally is to pay tribute to our nation's soldiers.
"Well, if he's going to honor the troops, it doesn't matter what day it is," said one supporter.
A counter rally is also being organized by a group of artists who plan to erect a 40 foot high statue in King's memory.
As of this posting, the National Park Service reports Beck's permits have not yet been finalized.
Written by Delia Gonçalves
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