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Monday, August 30, 2010

Matawan's Voice on the Mall

John Cook, of Matawan, NJ was interviewed by NPR on the National Mall during a rally that black leaders organized this past weekend to counter Glenn Beck's event, per Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The other rally in Washington on Saturday was hastily organized after black leaders realized Beck's event would take place on the date -- and at the same site -- of King's "I have a dream speech" 47 years ago. But demonstrator John Cook of Matawan, N.J., said they weren't trying to disrupt the conservative rally.

"You know, it's not about division; it's about us trying to reclaim the dream that Martin Luther King had 47 years ago," he said, "because a lot of the things that he spoke about have not been achieved today."

And when ralliers did cross paths later in the day, both sides were careful and polite.


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