Martin Luther King Day

Looking at the meaning of Martin Luther King Day with Blueprint for All

What is Martin Luther King day?

Each year on the third Monday of January, we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to remember one of the most influential humanitarians of the 20th century. This day commemorates a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and encourages new conversations about the work that still needs to be done for racial equality. He spoke publicly on hundreds of occasions, inspiring thousands of Americans to join him during the civil rights movement, a time of segregation and social unrest.
Today recognises a great man who tried to bring people of different religions, ethnicities and nationalities together. Hear from Hon. Professor Neil Pinder, Blueprint for All Trustee, as he honours this special day with a blog post. 
I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one 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.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Looking to the future

In a speech held in Philadelphia just six months before his assassination, Martin Luther King stood in front of a hall of students and asked – what is your life’s blueprint? This was a unique address for the inspiring orator, as one of his only addresses to teenagers and the next generation of young Americans. At Blueprint for All, we have asked ourselves what our own blueprint is as a charity. After all, it was these words from King that inspired us on our mission to tackle inequality.

Our goals within the charity have never been more ambitious, but we see 2022 and the years to come as a monumental period of change. We plan to support even higher numbers of underrepresented young people, inspiring them to succeed in their education and career through our range of programmes. This year we have already seen our Creative & Entrepreneurial Pathway delivered in secondary schools across London, teaching students vital skills in the business world. Our Community Leadership Academy has also launched, meaning that we have started to provide many organisations that help communities of diverse ethnic heritage with the tools they need to succeed.

If we look beyond 2022, and beyond the scope of Martin Luther King Day, we aim to have 10,000 young people participating in our programmes every year.


What’s your blueprint for life?

We all have a unique blueprint for our life. What’s yours?  

What are your hopes and dreams? What motivates you each day to be the best version of yourself? Whether you are joining the fight to level out systemic inequalities in society or you want to raise a big family somewhere out of the way, away from all the noise, we’d love to hear your story.

This MLK day is a chance to celebrate the fight against inequality, and by sharing your blueprint you could inspire someone else to join you and do something amazing!  


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