Selma Address Excerpt - "Normalcy"

mlkphoto.jpgShort excerpts from the 1965 Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965

I know there is a cry today in Alabama, we see it in numerous editorials: "When will Martin Luther King, SCLC, SNCC, and all of these civil rights agitators and all of the and leaders and students and others get out of our community and let Alabama return to ?"

But I have a message that I would like to leave with Alabama this evening. That is exactly what we don’t want, and we will not allow it to happen, for we know that it was normalcy in Marion that led to the brutal murder of . It was normalcy in Birmingham that led to the murder on Sunday morning of four beautiful, unoffending, innocent . It was normalcy on Highway 80 that led state troopers to use tear gas and horses and billy clubs against human beings who were simply marching for justice. It was normalcy by a cafe in , Alabama, that led to the brutal beating of .

It is normalcy all over our country which leaves the Negro perishing on a lonely island of in the midst of vast ocean of . It is normalcy all over Alabama that prevents the Negro from becoming a registered voter. No, we will not allow Alabama to return to normalcy.

The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the and worth of all of God’s children. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of , the normalcy of justice.

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