Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece and one of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally’s keynote speakers, said if her uncle were alive today, he’d choose to attend the Aug. 28 rally that “demonstrates the spirit of love and unity and peace.”
The “which rally would Martin Luther King, Jr., attend” debate entered the discussion of Beck’s Restoring Honor rally versus the “Reclaim the Dream” rally the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are putting after NAACP President Ben Jealous said if Martin Luther King, Jr., was still alive today, he’d be attending the NAN rally on Aug. 28 and not Beck’s.
Alveda King is the only member of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family to commit to speak at either rally – but the Hilary Shelton of the NAACP said the NAACP and NAN have reached out to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, to speak at their rally. Shelton said Bernice King hasn’t responded to them and she did not return voicemails to The Daily Caller seeking comment on her position.
“I’m speaking at the Glenn Beck rally because Glenn and I have had many conversations about faith, hope and love,” Alveda King said in a phone interview with TheDC. “Glenn asked me about the philosophy and the strength to love that my uncle Martin had. I’ve been sharing that with Glenn and I’m hearing and seeing Glenn embrace those principles. Where those principles are bound, and they’re not just rooted in the American Dream, but in the faith of our Father.”
Alveda King said she think Beck embraces the meaning of her late uncle’s “I have a dream,” speech, and aims for trying to reach a better tomorrow, better than the NAACP.
Lloyd Marcus, composer of the “Tea Party Song” and regular Tea Party rally speaker and black conservative, said he thinks Beck’s rally is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would be were he alive today.
“I find them [the NAACP and NAN] totally disgusting and I salute my brother Glenn Beck,” Marcus said. “Dr. King was all about judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. That’s what Beck is all about. The NAACP are completely the opposite. They have far abandoned Dr. King’s vision and dream a long time ago because they are totally about skin color and they have nothing to do with the content of a person’s character.”
Marcus also said that, if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were alive today, he’d be disgusted with the civil rights leaders guiding the nation.
“If Dr. King were alive today, he’d feel as if he stepped into the twilight zone,” Marcus said. “He’d feel like, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened to my dream? And, are you telling me that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the likes of those guys now are running the civil rights movement? Oh, good Lord! What happened?’ He would be totally appalled.”
Shelton, who is the NAACP’s senior vice president for advocacy and policy and Washington, D.C., bureau government affairs director, discounted Alveda King’s importance as a speaker for Beck’s event, saying she’s using the platform to promote her “anti-choice,” or pro-life, agenda. Shelton also said Alveda King isn’t a fit representative of the “I have a dream” message her uncle left for the nation because, he said, she’s “undeniably a very long-term committed Republican and is pro-life.”
Alveda King said she’s non-partisan, though, and has served as an elected official in both parties, Democrat and Republican, in her past. She doesn’t care which party says what, but only about her uncle’s message of peace, love and unity.