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Glenn Beck 8/28 rally: How can conservatives help the cause of civil rights?

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Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck is hosting a major "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington this weekend. Described as a non-political event, the gathering will feature a wide range of speakers, from Sarah Palin to Dr. Alveda King.

One of the intentions of the gathering – held on the same site and date that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream Speech" in 1963 – is to "reclaim the civil rights movement." As Mr. Beck put it: "This is going to be a moment that you'll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it. This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement. It has been so distorted and so turned upside down. It is an abomination."

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Critics contend that Beck and others are trying to "coopt" Dr. King's legacy.

What do you think? Can conservatives "reclaim" the civil rights movement?

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