Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Your own somebodiness: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only a day late ...

Among King's best-remembered writings are his "I Have a Dream" speech and his letter from Birmingham jail.

This one touch me deeply, too. It's timely, in these days when some people in the church are told they're not worthy:

In 1967, King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia. He said, "I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life's blueprint?"

He went on to say, "Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint."

"No. 1 in your life's blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance."

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