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FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRESS
FOR STUDENTS, BY STUDENTS
November 2, 2011 • VoL 3, Issue no. 6
Voice photo by Antonio Monroe
Blanche Mcallister performs at the 'Evening with
Legends' gospel concert on Oct. 22 at Seabrook
Auditorium accompanied by Fayetteville State
University's 'United Voices of Praise' choir.
Normalcy, Never Again
The reality of King's 'Dream' speech
by Jalynn Jones
Voice Staff Writer
By definition, noimalcy is the quality or condition of be
ing normal as the general economic, political and social con
ditions of a nation. Normalcy is usualness, ordinariness or
uniformity. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered the “I Have a
Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 addressing a crowd of
Americans that supported his concept of normalcy, never
again. The “I Have a Dream” speech was originally entitled
“Normalcy, Never Again” because it was addressing the eco
nomic crisis of that time.
The idea of racial equality inspired the dream that Dr. King
talked about toward the end of his speech which was an im
promptu sermon, prompted by gospel singer, Mahalia Jack
son, when she yelled “Tell them about the dream, Martin.”
He improvised the rest, and delivered what is now the most
quoted section of the “I Have a Dream” speech today.
As relevant as “the dream” is to our generation, the speech
in its entirety is not often analyzed and compared to how we
live today. We put Dr. Martin Luther King and the “I Have a
Dream” speech in a box and save it for January and February.
We take a day off for his birthday and reflect on his dream
without even asking ourselves if we are fulfilling the vision
that Dr. King stressed forty eight years ago.
What has taken many years and millions of dollars to cre
ate, a monument has been built to recognize Dr. King as one
of the greatest leaders of our country. Most impressively, his
fraternity brothers, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc, raised $117 million out of the $120 million it took to con
struct the memorial site.
See MLK, page 11