Curtis and Kaylee Campbell had been planning to take their daughters Marsha, 10, and Aileen, 8, to the site of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech for its 50th anniversary in 2013.
But when the Campbells realized that their late summer trip from their Arlington home to nearby Mt. Rainier would take them right through D.C. on today's 47th anniversary date, they decided to stop by the Lincoln Memorial, where they were surprised and deeply moved by what they found--a throng of thousands, gathered to pledge themselves to "Restore Honor" to King's legacy.
"I knew the Obama presidency had marked a shift in racial thinking, but I was so pleased to see first-hand how much things have really changed in the last 47 years," Curtis Campbell said. "There were actually more white people out there than black people!"
Campbell paused for a moment to reflect. "Come to think of it, I don't remember seeing any other black people."
Campbell said the day's messages of hope, charity, and the need to turn "back to God" sounded like logical extensions to King's words.
"When Glenn Beck says we've 'wandered in darkness,' he's also renewing King's dream of forging forth to the Promised Land," Campbell surmised. "Who knew Martin Luther King would turn out to be the black Glenn Beck?"
The Campbells had gathered literature from the NRA, Americans for Truth and the National Black Republican Association before learning that a separate "Reclaim the Dream" rally was being held by Reverend Al Sharpton and the NAACP across town. But by then they had already subscribed to the notion that Sharpton was anti-Jewish and anti-Mormon and the NAACP was perpetuating racism by keeping the word "colored" in its 100-year-old name.