Building a Sound Blueprint: Remembering Dr. King

By Madison Langweil

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Hearts were opened and voices were raised on Sunday, January 17, 2021 to embrace and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the power in building a life blueprint. Grounded by the basic principles of life; self-worth, opportunity, and determination, the members of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church virtually gathered to feel love and draw inspiration from Dr. King and his powerful metaphors for life.

“What is your life’s blueprint?” Dr. King asked a group of high school students in 1967. A life blueprint is how a person will structure and build their life. Doors will open and close which will change the path one will take, but the basic principles remain constant throughout the journey.

American people are grounded by Dr. King’s basic principles of life to create a purposeful and sound life blueprint to live by. His powerful words and thoughts were celebrated by various generations collectively engaged in the special occasion. “His words are living words,” said Robert Gibbs who applied Dr. King’s blueprint when he switched jobs, he remembered to “always own yourself.”

Members of diverse occupations, lifestyle, and aspirations were silenced by the readings of “I look at the World,” a poem by Dr. King and his historic “What is Your Life’s Blueprint,” recorded speech. The second film, “About the People,” engaged listeners in a group discussion about working together as people who share the desire to make a change.

“We all have strength and as you get older and get into different careers we will all be facing the same struggles,” said Omri Downes, youth ministry member. As a product of society people will make a bigger impact together rather than alone. The theme of inclusiveness was emphasized in the short film and by Lynford Mcnish. “Without the women’s voice nothing works. ”

“People have to help each other, because you never know how they will help,” Pastor Edward L. Hunt gracefully expressed.

The interactive films and open discussion reminded the older generations about their experience and how Dr. King’s words and inspiration is timeless. Lyell Lettsome, M.D, remarked that “owning your character will carry you through” and any room that one will walk in despite earned credentials, “people are going to question you and your talents,” he said.

“Play it again as a run. Just as a reminder,” exclaimed a member.

As Dr. King is famously remembered for his “I Have a Dream” speech, he has left a legacy and guiding principles for future generations to live by and refer to. The love and spirituality expressed by the church is only one group of strong-willed people who are remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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 a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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