Having “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….

… And I wanna suggest some of the things that should be in your blueprint.”


  1. “A deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness.”

  2. “The determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor.”

  3. “A commitment to the eternal principles of Beauty, Love, and Justice.”


The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., October 26, 1967

Delivered at Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, PA (now closed).

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