MLK: Normalcy Never Again

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January 15th is one of the most acknowledged days of recognition in the history of the United States. Not only is it the ides of January, but it is also the birthdate of what many in the world believe to be the greatest orator to ever live. Yes, Martin Luther King Jr.’s impactful depiction of a dream, captivated the conscious of America during a time of social duress and blatant inequality. Although we know his monumental speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th of 1963 to be called the “I Have A Dream” speech. The original draft of the said speech was initially entitled “Normalcy Never Again”. What is ironic is the fact that the “I Have A Dream” speech would become a segue to a condition of a black community that would seemingly have “normalcy never again”. Yes, the “dream warrior” that is Martin Luther King Jr., once suggested that: “It may well be that the Negro is God’s instrument to save the soul of America.” In fact, in his “I Have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. elicited: “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”. It is from his sermonic dissertations that we can surmise that Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned a heightened conscious as it pertained to plight of the African-American moving forward. Granted, the financial successes of the African-Americans in this country has led to heightened power, however, it is the conscious/awareness of the African-American as it pertains to the image of our internal “self-esteem and identity, that has hit a virtual bottomless pit of degradation. If I was to take poetic license in editing and modernizing the “I Have A Dream” speech, it would include a significant list of dream aspirations. I would off start by saying I Have A Dream that: 1) We stop wearing our pants sagging 2) We stop having more fathers in jail than in their households 3) We become more educated and less ignorant 4) We take pride in our communities 5) We work hard on a plan instead of working on a quick scheme 6) We don’t sell out our people via entertainment for the sake of financial gain 7) We preserve our history by knowing our history 8) We stress education over material infatuation 9) We teach young ladies about their minds before their bodies 10) We return God to his rightful place inside our households instead of the misled confines of morally absolved churches. These are my dream edits and I’m sure that these same sentiments would be echoed tenfold if Martin Luther King Jr. was here see the current state of the black community in its entirety. A community that embraces genocidal tendencies more than cultural preservation. A community, that much like a misplaced tribe, has no concepts of its origin and its ancestral plight. “Normalcy never again” is apropos in describing an ethnicity in the wake of an aftermath of its slain leader, whose conscious dream has long been forgotten. It is only remembered on one calendar day instead of being embraced in our daily lifestyle as an elementary standard throughout our cultural atmosphere. Are we better off today than we were during the Civil Rights movement? Or has our dreams come in the form of material greed and degradation. I see more black-facing minstrel acts being portrayed by African-Americans, symbolizing that we are not beyond the exploitive, self-inflicted gun wounds that our leaders once fought so hard to abolish. Is this a dream or the harsh remnants of a nightmare? Most importantly I ask, did our hopes die on the Lorraine Hotel balcony along with the heartbeat of a man who loved to dream like no other. #normalcy never again

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