In this speech to to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, Dr. King speaks about something very familiar to all Master Key Experience Members; your Life’s Blueprint. And what he says will ring bells with all who read Haanel, Og Mandino, Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Allen, the Bible. And likewise, all who have toiled at defining our own Life’s Blueprint; the Definite Major purpose (DMP) statement.
Much of what Dr. King tells his audience you as a Master Key Experience Member will recognize as part of what you are now involved with. I paraphrase some of what he says below (my own comments in italics). But I encourage you to listen to the entire speech. His eloquence and sagacity are as profound as all those sages mentioned above. The principles endure.
An architect needs a detailed and complete blueprint before a sound, solid building can be built. Likewise, young or old, the younger the better, every person needs a good, sound and solid blueprint upon which to base his or her life. Dr. King advises the students at Barrat Junior High to begin now to fashion their life’s blueprint. And he advises them to include several powerful principles in this blueprint.
Realize you have value, you are somebody. Do not ever be convinced that you are nobody. Have a deep belief in your own dignity and worthiness and that your life has ultimate significance far beyond what you might imagine. Believe in yourself! Understand that you must be proud of who you are. You are black. And believe that black is beautiful.
Once you have decided what your purpose in life is, what you intend to do, then set out to do it well. Decide what you want to be in life and then set out to achieve it as though God has called upon you to do it! Be the best anyone could be. If you are destined to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like a Michelangelo paints a masterpiece or Shakespeare creates a play for the theatre. Be the best of whatever you are. Because whatever you are is worthy.
Have a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love and justice. Don’t allow anyone to pull you down so low as to cause you to hate them. Isn’t that a wonderful principle that is sorely needed in the world today!
Don’t let circumstances cause you to lose your self respect such that you do not strive for justice, even though it be a major struggle. Each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to make our nation better and life better for everyone.
Strive to make the dreams of Brotherhood and Goodwill realities so that none suffer. Measure the value of a man by his soul because Mind is the center of the man.
Sound familiar? All power is from within and the Mind of man is creative because of it’s connection to the Universal Mind, or God, or whatever you call it that unites all there is.
And he concludes with a stirring call to action.
We must keep moving, must keep going. If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But by all means, Keep Moving!
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