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MLK Rally marked by Bush, Ashcroft bashing & absence of US flags; Speaker Praises Mugabe
Personal Observations on C-SPAN ^ | August 23, 2003 | nwrep

Posted on 08/23/2003 6:23:59 PM PDT by nwrep

MLK Rally marked by Bush, Ashcroft bashing & absence of US flags; Speaker Praises Mugabe

The rally on the US Capitol today to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech was broadcast live on C-SPAN. The event was attended by Democratic presidential contenders Howard Dean, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. The following are my personal observations, facts hidden from you by puff-pieces appearing on the wire services.

The most stunning aspect of this rally was the almost complete, seemingly choreographed absence of the Old Glory throughout the vast crowd, estimated by organizers to number 50,000. The fact that not a single black person thought it proper to show appreciation to a country that freed his forefathers from the clutches of slavery by proudly flying her flag, seemed almost offensive to me. Seen among the crowd were various pro-Palestinian banners and others denigrating America, one calling it "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world".

The ceremony started with various songs and religious intonations, including one involving a beer bottle and a potted plant by a so-called "African" leader representing an "African religion", but the singing of the Star Spangled Banner was, alas, not deemed worthy of the effort by the organizers. I found this to be extraordinarily ungrateful, as if they were going out of their way to avoid any association with American symbols.

What followed this remarkable opening was a long flow of speaker after speaker, spewing anti-Bush, anti-Ashcroft and sometimes, anti-American screed. First up was Martin Luther King III, and he set the tone for the afternoon's speeches by attacking the war on Iraq and Afghanistan, and blaming the Bush administration and the US military for all ills under the sun. He listed "homophobia" as one of the greatest contemporary evils facing mankind.

Following him were an assortment of speakers sympathizing with the "Palestinian cause", including terrorist appeaser James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, and brother of the allegedly independent pollster John Zogby. Racism, discrimination and denial of civil rights were some of the things blamed by these individuals on the Bush administration. Ashcroft came in for several rounds of liberal criticism, particularly from Zogby and a young Arab woman dressed in a head-scarf, who levelled the usual charges against the administration, unhappy at our success in the war on terror.

The "Rev." Al Sharpton spoke and reeled off whatever DNC talking points might have been missed by the previous speakers, and he was followed by the "Rev." Jesse Jackson.

Following his rather long and boring speech, Jackson started soliciting donations, which were collected by the volunteers in what looked like paint buckets with slits. Jackson finished off with the obligatory phony prayer, which was well received by both the blacks and the guilty white liberals in the audience.

Rounding off this round of speakers dissociating themselves from the founding ideals of our Republic as well as Dr. King's color-blind vision were Kim Gandy, the NOW chief, and a representative of the National Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Only Corretta Scott King and Rep. John Lewis seemed to depart from the script which had turned this event into a defacto blame America outing.

As the afternoon started to wear, the crowd got restless and started to leave. The dark, depressing vision of America highlighted by the speakers did not help.

Towards the end, someone calling himself Obi Egbuna of the Pan-African Liberation Organization took the stand. What followed was virulent anti-western and anti-American rantings that even I was not prepared for. This gentleman, if you could call him that, placed the blame of all the problems facing the continent of Africa on the shoulders of President Bush.

Apparently in an effort to establish his credentials as even more radical than the previous speakers, he heaped lavish praise on Robert Mugabe for "reclaiming African lands from the colonialists", never mind the fact that this despicable tyrant has turned a once prosperous country into an ecological disaster by the systematic starvation of this people, while forcefully stealing farms from white farmers who had owned them for generations. In the twisted mind of this speaker, Mugabe was an example worth emulating across the continent.

The rally almost fizzled towards the end, as the dignitaries on stage started leaving in the middle of the speeches, walking past hundreds of empty chairs in the stands, a scene perfectly captured by C-SPAN.

This event raised a lot of questions in my mind: Why the almost enforced absence of US flags? Why no singing of the Star Spangled Banner? Why no mention of the greatness of America? Why no invitee from the right of the political spectrum? Why was this event not billed as a DNC rally, even though it appeared to be little more than that? Why the emphasis on "hip-hop", gay rights and Palestinian Liberation at a rally commemorating MLK's speech? What do these things have to do with civil rights, which, at this point in time, should be a non-issue?

Why does an Arab woman in a headscarf think she has the right to tell Americans that we have "a long way to go in our struggle for freedoms"? Why did the NAACP invite so many Arabs to speak at this rally? Why were there so many Palestinians at this rally? Why was someone from the more moderate civil rights groups (such as the Congress for Racial Equality) not invited to speak? And lastly, why the non-coverage by the media, with the notable exception of C-SPAN?


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1 posted on 08/23/2003 6:24:00 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: *Bush Doctrine Unfold; *Clash of Civilizatio; *Communist Subversion; *Culture_War; ...
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2 posted on 08/23/2003 6:26:57 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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3 posted on 08/23/2003 6:30:27 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep
Was Robert K. Dornan there? He was there in 1963, but the blacks thought he was prejudiced against them. That may have been one factor in his 1996 defeat.
4 posted on 08/23/2003 6:30:59 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: nwrep
Were there no flags at all? Or did anyone display the Palestinian colors, or the red-green-and-black of Marcus Garvey's black-separatist movement?

Just wondering.

By the way, what you described sounded rather like a movement in decay, with the leadership putting on a show and the followership, less than edified by the spectacle, drifting away. Sounds like the leadership of this shindig is getting out of touch with the people even on the Left, and sinking into Leftist-internationalist totalitarianism.

5 posted on 08/23/2003 6:31:23 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: nwrep
I believe the last question in this piece is answered by those which precede it.
6 posted on 08/23/2003 6:31:50 PM PDT by bigghurtt (My life for Liberty, My soul for Christ....http://bigghurtt.com)
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To: nwrep
The spirit of MLK is dead.

These people have killed it.

7 posted on 08/23/2003 6:32:06 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom.... needs a soldier !)
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To: nwrep
...Obi Egbuna of the Pan-African Liberation Organization took the stand.

Aren't these the guys whose slogan at home is "one settler, one bullet"? He came to the wrong damn country to utter that line, if he did -- we be jus' full up wid white settlers here, homes! And most of them have guns!

8 posted on 08/23/2003 6:33:59 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Northern Yankee
Martin Luther King had a dream, and it wasn't that whitey pay for everything.
9 posted on 08/23/2003 6:35:00 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: nwrep
Bump to notice the presence in the photos (think it's her) of Sheila Jackson-Lee, the Texas 18th Congressional District's self-appointed Queen of the Nile.
10 posted on 08/23/2003 6:35:07 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Theodore R.
Was Robert K. Dornan there? He was there in 1963, but the blacks thought he was prejudiced against them. That may have been one factor in his 1996 defeat.

The way I heard it was, Dornan let his fences break down with the heavily Republican-voting Chinese-American community in his district, who didn't turn out the way they had in the past, allowing Sanchez to squeak by him. (And of course, there's the immigration thing -- but that wouldn't have mattered if he'd taken care of his base, so "they" said afterward.)

11 posted on 08/23/2003 6:38:16 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: nwrep
Martin Luther King conducted himself in the greatest American tradition and helped to move America much closer to her Constitutional ideals.

He is a direct descendant of Lincoln in fulfilling this nations promise. Our beacon of freedom shines brighter to the world because of him.

The left cannot countenance the fact the MLK was, ultimately, a product of America and his message: so uniquely American.

12 posted on 08/23/2003 6:40:03 PM PDT by zarf (Dan Rather is god.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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13 posted on 08/23/2003 6:41:28 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep
Just goes to show that they have lost their way!

Too much hate in their hearts has blinded them all.

We'll pray for them in spite of themselves.
14 posted on 08/23/2003 6:44:48 PM PDT by paperjam
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To: nwrep
all the problems facing the continent of Africa on the shoulders of President Bush.

Why of coarse! Africa was a paradise til Bush got in office!

Praising Mugabe is like praising Hitler. Don't these people realize that Mugabe's actions are starving millions of blacks. These people just aren't evil, they're stupid, very stupid. A dangerous combination.

15 posted on 08/23/2003 6:50:58 PM PDT by lizma
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To: nwrep
Interesting. Is this indicative of why more blacks turn to islam?
16 posted on 08/23/2003 6:51:41 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: lentulusgracchus
Also Dornan was done in by a MI Republican congressman named, I think, "Ehlers," who did not take Dornan's challenge to Sanchez's election very seriously. Dornan was bound to lose in time, as CA grew so liberal.
17 posted on 08/23/2003 6:51:53 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: nwrep
Nice seeing Howard Dean show up for this "big day" in celebrating outright hatred and hostility toward his own countrymen. Wonder just how many 'America Is Evil' rallies he'll wind up attending before his hysterical landslide loss?

Next whistle-stop for the political kamikaze Dean: The Al Qaeda Rally in Baghdad.

18 posted on 08/23/2003 6:52:23 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Shhhh...Watch and Listen -- The New World (State) Order is trying sneak in through the back door.)
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To: paperjam
notice Howard Dean was there as well, did he speak?
19 posted on 08/23/2003 6:53:25 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: nwrep
Hey, there's our very own Carol Mostly-Fraud schmoozing with the Mr. Dean. Al Sharpton looks offended.
20 posted on 08/23/2003 6:54:17 PM PDT by Sangamon Kid
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To: Sangamon Kid
The woman with the Stop Racism Now poster. What is she saying, that there aren't enough blacks aborting their babies?
21 posted on 08/23/2003 6:59:33 PM PDT by Sangamon Kid
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To: F16Fighter
'twould be nice to get Dean to endorse the Mugabe comments.
22 posted on 08/23/2003 7:01:01 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: nwrep
Make for a great Pub campaign add don't you think? Video at 1000, stay tuned!
23 posted on 08/23/2003 7:04:26 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (1)
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To: Sangamon Kid
Nah, rejected!
24 posted on 08/23/2003 7:07:23 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (1)
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To: nwrep
The left-wing black leadership seems to want nothing more than to emulate the Palestinians. Some have predicted that America is heading for the same type of situation, with a large minority population striving to destroy the country. I'm a little more optimistic, but I can see how someone could think that when you hear about stuff like this.
25 posted on 08/23/2003 7:08:17 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Sangamon Kid
Al Sharpton looks offended.

Was a change in his look noted?

26 posted on 08/23/2003 7:11:27 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: nwrep
I have no problem with MLK; however, tell me again why I should care what the fanatics in this group do. Ignore 'em until they start acting like normal people.
27 posted on 08/23/2003 7:11:33 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: nwrep
I see now that "Jesse" is trying to buy a vowel again. Arghh.
28 posted on 08/23/2003 7:16:11 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: nwrep
Looks and sounds like a convention of bigots and hatemongers to me. I don't think MLK would have much to do with them. Especially Jesse "excuse me while I smear Martin's blood on my shirt for the photos" Jackson. What a scumbag.
29 posted on 08/23/2003 7:17:54 PM PDT by thatdewd
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To: nwrep
Pettiness, spitefulness, childishness, hatefullness, totally ignorance is blissfulness, motivates these who personify pretentiousness.
30 posted on 08/23/2003 7:18:34 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Our enemies within are very slick, but slime is always treacherously slick, isn't it?)
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To: nwrep
No American flags!? The people attending the rally call themselves "African-American". In other words, they're "African" first and American second. I've seen them fly some bastardized "African" flag as they celebrate a continent and it's cultures which consistently foster the most racist slaughter the world has ever experienced.
31 posted on 08/23/2003 7:21:56 PM PDT by Spiff (Have you committed one random act of thoughtcrime today?)
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To: nwrep
Of course the "money bucket" with a requested $100 or more is requested!

Are these people in a trance? I.Q. challenged? Or just fanatical?

32 posted on 08/23/2003 7:23:13 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: nwrep
lavish praise on Robert Mugabe for "reclaiming African lands from the colonialists"

Mugabe Democrat Bump

33 posted on 08/23/2003 7:24:14 PM PDT by alrea
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34 posted on 08/23/2003 7:25:41 PM PDT by nwrep
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Not a single racists Democrat even SHOWED UP for Ms. Mosley Brauns' coming out rally in Chicago. NOW couldn't even get *one* racists democrat to even show up ?

democrats need to look within for the solution.


"I have seen the racists, and he is liberal!"

It's time the DNC FOLLOWED THE LEAD of the Republican party and give African Americans positions of *real power* in the executive branch.

35 posted on 08/23/2003 7:26:45 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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36 posted on 08/23/2003 7:32:14 PM PDT by mhking
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To: nwrep
This was a pathetic, shameful rally. The Enron-ron song was embarrassingly funny, though.

I didn't see Jesse Jackson put any money in the bucket when he was goading the dignitaries there to dig deep 'for the cause'.

BTW, brother Malcom X was not mentioned by Rev. Jackson when he invoked the names of the dearly departed at the commencement of his shakedown.

37 posted on 08/23/2003 7:32:31 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: Spiff
African first, American only to claim 'rights', freebees, money, etc, etc.
38 posted on 08/23/2003 7:36:46 PM PDT by gedeon3
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To: nwrep
He listed "homophobia" as one of the greatest contemporary evils facing mankind.

Kim Gandy, the NOW chief, and a representative of the National Gay and Lesbian Alliance

Hmpf. And Arabs bleating about discrimination too. I just had an insight as to why the crowd began to drift away.

They can read the handwriting on the wall. Either gays or Arabs are going to be elevated to Oppressed Victim Class Numero Uno in the coming election, and blacks are gonna get screwed again...

39 posted on 08/23/2003 7:37:15 PM PDT by hellinahandcart (Shnel hs bhe firef po!)
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To: gedeon3
African first, American only to claim 'rights', freebees, money, etc, etc.
40 posted on 08/23/2003 7:37:46 PM PDT by gedeon3
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To: nwrep
50,000.

Doesn't look like 50,000 by these pictures.

This event raised a lot of questions in my mind: Why the almost enforced absence of US flags? Why no singing of the Star Spangled Banner? Why no mention of the greatness of America? Why no invitee from the right of the political spectrum? Why was this event not billed as a DNC rally, even though it appeared to be little more than that? Why the emphasis on "hip-hop", gay rights and Palestinian Liberation at a rally commemorating MLK's speech? What do these things have to do with civil rights, which, at this point in time, should be a non-issue?

Because the real MLK had Republican values. They can't acknowledge him, and still get the uninformed to vote for Marx.

41 posted on 08/23/2003 7:38:13 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Lucifer lefties are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"'twould be nice to get Dean to endorse the Mugabe comments."

LOL...

But in the immortal words of Bones McCoy: "He's dead, Jim."

42 posted on 08/23/2003 7:43:27 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Shhhh...Watch and Listen -- The New World (State) Order is trying sneak in through the back door.)
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To: concerned about politics
even the AP is saying only a few thousand showed up


"..Speaking to a few thousand people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King said it was a day to honor the hard work of all those behind the 1963 march. It also represented, he said, a moment of realization that much work lies ahead. "

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=716&e=5&u=/ap/20030823/ap_on_re_us/king_speech_anniversary
43 posted on 08/23/2003 7:45:04 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: nwrep
As the afternoon started to wear, the crowd got restless and started to leave.

Maybe they went there to honor MLK. It didn't happen. I'd leave too.

44 posted on 08/23/2003 7:45:56 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Lucifer lefties are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: nwrep
Why should you care? Freedom means they have no obligation to portray their patriotisim in anyway. As longs as they observe the constitution, let them be.

45 posted on 08/23/2003 7:48:23 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: nwrep
King would be rolling over in his grave....I honestly hope he didn't see this disgraceful display...
46 posted on 08/23/2003 8:01:53 PM PDT by Blue Scourge ("If a man hasn't found something he is willing to die for he is not fit to live"- M. Luther King Jr.)
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To: Destro
"Why should you care?...As longs as they observe the constitution, let them be."

Why should we care?? Because these anti-American, anti-decency anarchists have slandered and demonized MY country and MY countrymen, while spitting and defecating on the legacy and graves of all who have fallen FOR this America.

Reason enough?

47 posted on 08/23/2003 8:02:32 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Shhhh...Watch and Listen -- The New World (State) Order is trying sneak in through the back door.)
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To: Clive
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48 posted on 08/23/2003 8:30:03 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep
Caught a little of this gathering on C-SPAN....then I drifted away myself....the 'hate/blame America first' speeches really got to me.

I recall hearing MLK give his 'I Have a Dream' speech LIVE via TV.......these lefties have turned his dream into an anti-American nightmare.

That may be why the lamestream media hasn't covered it....if they did...Americans would see that democRATs like Dean, Sharpton & Braun are aligned anti-American Arabs, Palestinians & Africans.
49 posted on 08/23/2003 8:31:12 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: Northern Yankee
The spirit of MLK is dead.

These people have killed it.

I'm afraid you are right. I remember seeing the 30th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech. I expected the event would attract a few of the far left groups out to look for an excuse to make noise, but I figured most of the people would be there to have a respectful celebration of the Civil Rights movement. I was wrong.

There was no spirit of reverence or rememberance during the 1993 event -- at lest not that I could detect from watching the network news. The whole event had been taken over by a mixture of radical environmentalists and militant homosexuals. I swear that one news report I saw focused on a large group of leather fetish freaks cavorting about -- men wearing weird S&M black leather outfits. No doubt they carried signs demanding society show them respect, as they whipped one-another on the rear-end. It all looked like "Carnival" as organized by gay communist leather fetish freaks (yuck). I swear I am not making this up -- my imagination is not vivid enough to make something like that up, and what imagination I do have is not spent thinking about leather, or about men -- and certainly not about men in our out of leather! I can joke about it a little, but it really was horrible. When I saw the mockery they made of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, I was very angry and sickened. To me it felt like they were assassinating Dr. King all over again -- I don't know how else to describe it.

There could not be a greater contrast with the 1963 event -- The next time you see a tape of Dr. King giving the "I Have A Dream" speech, look at the crowd all around him. It shows thousands and thousands of people, all well-behaved and most of the people are wearing their best clothes -- as if they were going to church or to a business meeting. The people who witnessed the "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 and the people who were using the 30th anniversary as an excuse to party seem to be from different planets. It is worthwhile to beg, borrow, or steal a video recording of the "I Have A Dream" speech -- you will witness one of the greatest American speeches of the 20th Century. It is impossible for me to reconcile that with some of the scenes I saw in news reports of the 1993 celebrations. The 1993 event looked like something out of a nightmare of a mad man.

50 posted on 08/23/2003 8:31:12 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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