Tens of thousands of activists are descending on the National Mall Saturday morning for a Glenn Beck rally billed in part as a peaceful commemoration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same stage where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day. Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, which begins at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is designed as a celebration of the military and American heritage and will feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and other heroes of the “tea party” movement. The demonstration has drawn national attention because of Beck’s many comparisons on radio and television this week between his own event and the civil rights movement.

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