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Martin Luther King Speech- "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

Video from Beacon Press

"Rarely seen footage of 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?" Video used by permission of The School District of Philadelphia. All rights reserved. Speech reprinted in A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students, part of the King Legacy Series, published by Beacon Press. This is the first time the speech has been published in its entirety." from video introduction

Martin Luther King Jr. understood that we are all brothers and sisters, we are all in life together. He also understood that our sin lay at the root of all our injustices toward each other.

In this speech he speaks to the suffering, failing and hardships that we experience. If we stop to contemplate and understand, we truly learn something useful, or even gain insight in some way.

The analogy he draws on is that darkness is oppression/hardship, and most of us have some form of hardships/adversity that torment us. The stars in heaven is the wisdom and experience we can develop as a person (in a positive way) from the suffering, and grow stronger as a result.

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together into a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality . . . Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace


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