Taylor Branch is a progressive to be reckoned with when it comes to documenting the history of the American civil rights movement. That's why I was so shocked to read his account of Glenn Beck's Fox-hyped rally in Washington.
In its despair and confusion, a large segment of the American populace is prepared to believe anything it's told, in part because we are a country less and less educated in basic essential knowledge about America and the world.
If CNN wanted to serve its brand as an unbiased news source, it had to cover Beck's rally significantly. Indeed, as the rally was unfolding Saturday, C-SPAN and CNN covered the rally more than Fox News.
Those truly wanting to honor King's memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King's "Silence Is Betrayal" speech.