Everybody knows the 1963 speech “I have a dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The single person that might not know the speech itself may have heard about it or about the quote. It is a worldfamous speech that has never lost it’s power or relevance. Much less known is a speech that he gave four years later on Barratt Junior High School for a group of high school students, and that is known as “What is your life’s blueprint” or “Keep Moving”. I never heard it, until my daughter drew my attention to it.
It is a powerfull and short call to make a life’s blueprint based on feeling significant, on determination and on the commitment to the eternal principals of beauty, love, and justice.
And King finishes with: ”If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.”
I am so impressed with this speech that I hardly dare to summarize it or say anything about it, that’s how good it still is. So powerfull. So relevant. That’s why I present the transcript and the link to the actual recording https://www.knowol.com/knowledge/martin-luther-king-lifes-blueprint/. Listen for yourself.
“This is the 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. 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.
“Secondly, in your life’s blueprint, you must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s 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 can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or you fail, be the best of whatever you are.
“Finally, in your life’s blueprint must be a commitment to the eternal principals of beauty, love, and justice. Well life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.”