Restoring Honor Rally
Draws Close To Half Million
The crowd around the reflecting pool for the original Martin Luther King Rally in 1963 was estimated at 200,000. In comparing pictures with today's event, it was noticeably less packed than the Restoring Honor Rally. I would suspect the 200,000 was pretty accurate, and that between 250,000 and 300,000 were around the reflecting pool today.
In addition, as you can see in this picture, the area to the left of the reflecting pool had an even larger crowd than around the reflecting pool. In 1963 fewer were in that area because they could not see or hear. Look closely and you can see huge throngs are also gathered throughout the trees going all the way to the lake on the right.
NBC News, an organization that has been consistently hostile to Glen Beck, the oragnizer, estimated the crowd at 300,000. That probably means they think it exceeded 600,000. At least they were within an order of magnitude of the real crowd size. The Associated Press said the crowd was in the tens of thousands, "comparable" with the 3,000 that showed up for the Al Sharpton rally to denounce the Restoring Honor attendees.
Tens of thousands? "Comparable" to 3 thousand? Yeah. Right.
Thanks to Garry Terry for these pictures from the Restoring Honor Rally.
Here is a link to a YouTube video of the amazing finale to the rally, Amazing Grace done with bagpipes!