“This inspirational video of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech features rarelyÂ seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., giving a motivational speech to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.
King tells the children that they are at a very important time in their lives, when they must start to prepare a blueprint for their lives, and gives them poignant advice on how to do so.
King said to the students, âthe question is whether you have a proper, a solid, and a sound blueprint. And I want to suggest some of the things that should be in your lifeâs blueprint.â Here is the inspirational advice Martin Luther King Jr. then gave them to help build a blueprint for life.
âNumber one in your lifeâs blueprint should be aÂ deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness.
Donât 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.â
âSecondly, in your lifeâs blueprint, you must have as a basic principle the determination toÂ achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor.
Youâre going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your lifeâs work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it, and to do it well.
Be a bush if you canât be a tree. If you canât be a highway, just be a trail! If you canât be the Sun, be a star. For it isnât by size that you win or you fail. Be the best of whatever you are.â
âFinally, in your lifeâs blueprint, must be a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love, and justice.Â Well life, for none of us, has been a crystal stair, but weÂ must keep moving, we must keep going.
If you canât fly, run. If you canât run, walk. If you canât walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.â
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