The Reverend Al Sharpton (second from left) leads thousands of people through Northwest Washington DC during the Reclaim the Dream March on Saturday, August 28, 2010.
The Reclaim the Dream Rally & March was organized by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. According to members of the National Action Network, the purpose of the event was to shed light upon key issues that have diminished the dream, and to stop conservative tea party members and TV host Glenn Beck’s attempt to hijack the dream.
The Reclaim the Dream rally took place at the historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School
in northwest Washington, DC. The rally started at 11:00 a.m. and featured a number of speakers including: Benjamin Todd Jealous, President of NAACP; Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Tx; Melanie L. Campbell, President of National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; United States Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, Ed Schultz, Television and radio show host; Tom Joyner host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League; and Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, to name a few.
Following the rally, The Reverend Al Sharpton and other leaders lead thousands of people on a five-mile march to the site of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, next to the National Mall, where Martin Luther King III spoke to the crowd before the march came to an end.
Reverend Al Sharpton and the staff of the National Action Network are all ready gearing up to participate in another march, The One Nation Working Together March that will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.