It was clearly more than just a half a century that separated
the two events and two men; there was also a massive political chasm.
Beck, a controversial figure who has said Barack Obama is a racist who
hates white culture, has claimed his rally is non-political and that
the timing of it with King's anniversary was an accident. But few take
him at his word.
Beck's television show, radio programme and speaking tours are
constantly devoted to the idea that Obama and senior Democrats are
closet socialists, or even communists, dedicated to forcibly
transforming America into a leftwing society.