Alveda King, Niece of MLK, Gets Her Five Minutes of Shine at Beck Rally
Matt | On 30, Aug 2010
As mentioned in my last post, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, spoke at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.
Ms. King had a few minutes at the podium to talk about her version of restoring hope to America. She is a pro-life activist, a former Georgia General Assembly Democrat, and someone who has appeared on Beck’s radio show several times. I have to give her credit for the attempt she made with her speech in discussing faith, the youth, morality, prayer, and racial equality. That all gets an ‘A’ for effort and message. Job well done.
The parts she lost me on were the entire presentation and positioning of the speech. It didn’t make any sense. I can see why critics would think that she was trying to use Dr. King’s speech anniversary to further her own gain. There were hardly any black people at the rally, yet they had Dr. King’s niece is a speaker?! ::smh::
As I originally watched the video on TV, it was apparent to me that the audience behind her was NOT listening. She was shouting into the microphone for effect. Ms. King missed just about every possible applause line. She was not commanding and unfortunately couldn’t capture the audience’s attention from what I could tell. Even as I watched on YouTube, I looked away a few times.
Her uncle’s shoes are hard ones to fill, if they will ever be filled. The theatrics of the 8/28 rally, including this speech, just left me shaking my head. It reminded me of someone trying to recreate the “I Have a Dream” speech in those contests in middle/high school.
Something .. no a helluva LOT of stuff .. was missing.