In 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech. In his speech, Dr. King said, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” For us the urgency of the moment is educating our Maritime Cadets.
Recently, I stumbled upon footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”
Dr. King began his speech by saying, “Blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, as the model for those who are to build the building. And a building is not well constructed without a good sound blueprint.” Then goes on to talk to the students about what they should have in their life’s blueprint.
"I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is in your life’s blueprint? This is a most important and crucial period of your lives for what you do now and what you decide now at this age may well determine which way your life shall go. Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, as the model for those who are to build the building, and a building is not well erected without a good, sound and solid blueprint.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint. I want to suggest some of the things that should be in your life’s blueprint.
Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance…”
Yes, there is the famous “I have a Dream” speech, but Dr. King spoke all over and some of those speeches are filled with life inspirations to last a lifetime, and some are so poignant in today’s world and worth a listen. Hey, never too late—there are tons of footages on YouTube. I highly recommend that you listen to the full speech; it’s less than 20 minutes and truly worth hearing.
On YouTube - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint Speech?”