"What I'm most proud of right now is that…I live in the standards that I was brought up with. I'm proud of being a mother, and grandmother, and great grandmother. I'm proud of the grandchildren that I raised—one from 2 days old and one from 15 months. I'm grateful and thankful and proud of them because they graduated from school, and one is still trying her best to extend her education. I always tell them an education is the best thing that you could have, because no one can ever take that away. That’s just like me. I might not have gone to a university, but I had an education in love and the love that I have in my heart and the love that I have for people, no one could ever take that away."Rita with Leaves
By Desiray Page and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"What I'm most proud of right now is that…I live in the standards that I was brought up with. I'm proud of being a mother, and grandmother, and great grandmother. I'm proud of the grandchildren that I raised—one from 2 days old and one from 15 months. I'm grateful and thankful and proud of them because they graduated from school, and one is still trying her best to extend her education. I always tell them an education is the best thing that you could have, because no one can ever take that away. That’s just like me. I might not have gone to a university, but I had an education in love and the love that I have in my heart and the love that I have for people, no one could ever take that away."Rita with Leaves
By Desiray Page and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"What I'm most proud of right now is that…I live in the standards that I was brought up with. I'm proud of being a mother, and grandmother, and great grandmother. I'm proud of the grandchildren that I raised—one from 2 days old and one from 15 months. I'm grateful and thankful and proud of them because they graduated from school, and one is still trying her best to extend her education. I always tell them an education is the best thing that you could have, because no one can ever take that away. That’s just like me. I might not have gone to a university, but I had an education in love and the love that I have in my heart and the love that I have for people, no one could ever take that away."Rita with Leaves
By Desiray Page and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"President! Billy, be President! I mean the sky’s the limit, son, wherever you want to be. As long as you’re happy with what you’re doing, that’s the main thing. If you work in a trade that you like, then no day of work is work, because you’re doing what you like and you’re making money. So do whatever you want to do, son. Whatever I can do to assist you to achieve success in your life, to make sure you’re provided with the resources and tools you need to succeed, if it’s in my power, I’ll do it. The main thing is that you define Billy Blair. You’ve got to find your own discipline. That path I can’t walk for you... If there’s one thing I want for you, it’s for Billy Blair to figure out what Billy Blair wants from life."Bill with Chess Board
By Billy Derrick Blair
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"President! Billy, be President! I mean the sky’s the limit, son, wherever you want to be. As long as you’re happy with what you’re doing, that’s the main thing. If you work in a trade that you like, then no day of work is work, because you’re doing what you like and you’re making money. So do whatever you want to do, son. Whatever I can do to assist you to achieve success in your life, to make sure you’re provided with the resources and tools you need to succeed, if it’s in my power, I’ll do it. The main thing is that you define Billy Blair. You’ve got to find your own discipline. That path I can’t walk for you... If there’s one thing I want for you, it’s for Billy Blair to figure out what Billy Blair wants from life."Bill with Chess Board
By Billy Derrick Blair
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"President! Billy, be President! I mean the sky’s the limit, son, wherever you want to be. As long as you’re happy with what you’re doing, that’s the main thing. If you work in a trade that you like, then no day of work is work, because you’re doing what you like and you’re making money. So do whatever you want to do, son. Whatever I can do to assist you to achieve success in your life, to make sure you’re provided with the resources and tools you need to succeed, if it’s in my power, I’ll do it. The main thing is that you define Billy Blair. You’ve got to find your own discipline. That path I can’t walk for you... If there’s one thing I want for you, it’s for Billy Blair to figure out what Billy Blair wants from life."Bill with Chess Board
By Billy Derrick Blair
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"no pueden solo esperar que pasen un buen día o que tengan una buena vida, que siempre tiene que luchar por lo mejor porque pude tener  lo mejor, lo mejor lo me refiero económicamente, lo mejor es lo que te guste,, lo que tu disfrutes, lo que tu quieras por que todo lo que quires, puedes tener, solo es esforzarte y deberás trabajar para lograr lo. 

They can’t  just hope they have a good day or have a good life, you always have to fight for the best because you can have the best, by the  best I don’t mean economically, the best is what you like, what you enjoy, whatever you want because all you want, you can have. Just try hard and you must work to achieve it.

Maria with Framed Pictures
By Sonia Sedeño-Mendoza and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"no pueden solo esperar que pasen un buen día o que tengan una buena vida, que siempre tiene que luchar por lo mejor porque pude tener  lo mejor, lo mejor lo me refiero económicamente, lo mejor es lo que te guste,, lo que tu disfrutes, lo que tu quieras por que todo lo que quires, puedes tener, solo es esforzarte y deberás trabajar para lograr lo. 

They can’t  just hope they have a good day or have a good life, you always have to fight for the best because you can have the best, by the  best I don’t mean economically, the best is what you like, what you enjoy, whatever you want because all you want, you can have. Just try hard and you must work to achieve it.

Maria with Framed Pictures
By Sonia Sedeño-Mendoza and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"no pueden solo esperar que pasen un buen día o que tengan una buena vida, que siempre tiene que luchar por lo mejor porque pude tener  lo mejor, lo mejor lo me refiero económicamente, lo mejor es lo que te guste,, lo que tu disfrutes, lo que tu quieras por que todo lo que quires, puedes tener, solo es esforzarte y deberás trabajar para lograr lo. 

They can’t  just hope they have a good day or have a good life, you always have to fight for the best because you can have the best, by the  best I don’t mean economically, the best is what you like, what you enjoy, whatever you want because all you want, you can have. Just try hard and you must work to achieve it.

Maria with Framed Pictures
By Sonia Sedeño-Mendoza and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I haven't lived very long—I’m only 16—but I guess one of the most important lessons would be to embrace yourself, like who you are, and to not compromise that for anyone. Because it can be really hard to follow what you think is right when a lot of people are like, “Oh that’s not really cool. Everyone else doesn’t think like that so why are you being different? You're just trying to be edgy.”…Especially for minority girls like us, it’s important to have that foundation and to be strong in what you are."Alyssa with Books
By Karla Janet Chavez and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I haven't lived very long—I’m only 16—but I guess one of the most important lessons would be to embrace yourself, like who you are, and to not compromise that for anyone. Because it can be really hard to follow what you think is right when a lot of people are like, “Oh that’s not really cool. Everyone else doesn’t think like that so why are you being different? You're just trying to be edgy.”…Especially for minority girls like us, it’s important to have that foundation and to be strong in what you are."Alyssa with Books
By Karla Janet Chavez and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I haven't lived very long—I’m only 16—but I guess one of the most important lessons would be to embrace yourself, like who you are, and to not compromise that for anyone. Because it can be really hard to follow what you think is right when a lot of people are like, “Oh that’s not really cool. Everyone else doesn’t think like that so why are you being different? You're just trying to be edgy.”…Especially for minority girls like us, it’s important to have that foundation and to be strong in what you are."Alyssa with Books
By Karla Janet Chavez and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The first thing I would say is: Remember me. Remember the legacy that you come from. Remember to read everything. Keep track of who you are and where you want to go. Stay conscious. Stay woke. Understand that your role is to make the world a better place… So do just that. "Walter with Drum and Mask
By Jennifer Jones and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The first thing I would say is: Remember me. Remember the legacy that you come from. Remember to read everything. Keep track of who you are and where you want to go. Stay conscious. Stay woke. Understand that your role is to make the world a better place… So do just that. "Walter with Drum and Mask
By Jennifer Jones and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The first thing I would say is: Remember me. Remember the legacy that you come from. Remember to read everything. Keep track of who you are and where you want to go. Stay conscious. Stay woke. Understand that your role is to make the world a better place… So do just that. "Walter with Drum and Mask
By Jennifer Jones and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The biggest influence in my life would have to have been my father. He was the one who taught me to believe in myself, and trust my instincts and intuition. He taught me that I was different, and to know that I was different. [He taught me] that if I was with the President or anybody else I could be their match just by being who I am…I want that for you. I want you to be as big as big is, you know? I want you to go beyond anything that your father or I have ever done. That’s what you’re doing now, you’re surpassing."Carlotta with Journal
By Ricardo Williams and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The biggest influence in my life would have to have been my father. He was the one who taught me to believe in myself, and trust my instincts and intuition. He taught me that I was different, and to know that I was different. [He taught me] that if I was with the President or anybody else I could be their match just by being who I am…I want that for you. I want you to be as big as big is, you know? I want you to go beyond anything that your father or I have ever done. That’s what you’re doing now, you’re surpassing."Carlotta with Journal
By Ricardo Williams and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"The biggest influence in my life would have to have been my father. He was the one who taught me to believe in myself, and trust my instincts and intuition. He taught me that I was different, and to know that I was different. [He taught me] that if I was with the President or anybody else I could be their match just by being who I am…I want that for you. I want you to be as big as big is, you know? I want you to go beyond anything that your father or I have ever done. That’s what you’re doing now, you’re surpassing."Carlotta with Journal
By Ricardo Williams and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I want you to be able to find the path that you would like to go down. I want you to be successful in whatever career you choose. I want you to make it. I want you to be somebody. I want you to be able to take care of yourself when I can’t do it…I’ve learned that you can’t take life for granted. Life can be short."Reshan with Light
Briann Byrd and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I want you to be able to find the path that you would like to go down. I want you to be successful in whatever career you choose. I want you to make it. I want you to be somebody. I want you to be able to take care of yourself when I can’t do it…I’ve learned that you can’t take life for granted. Life can be short."Reshan with Light
Briann Byrd and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I want you to be able to find the path that you would like to go down. I want you to be successful in whatever career you choose. I want you to make it. I want you to be somebody. I want you to be able to take care of yourself when I can’t do it…I’ve learned that you can’t take life for granted. Life can be short."Reshan with Light
Briann Byrd and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I felt very moved, because I sometimes feel like I'm not really anybody. To have someone reach out and be like, Oh you’re special to me—it’s really moving...I'm just proud of moments like this...It makes me really proud, that I became someone that someone [else] looks up to...People like you are the reason that I keep going. "Rose and Kevin with Mirror and Couch
By Ashley J Jacque and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I felt very moved, because I sometimes feel like I'm not really anybody. To have someone reach out and be like, Oh you’re special to me—it’s really moving...I'm just proud of moments like this...It makes me really proud, that I became someone that someone [else] looks up to...People like you are the reason that I keep going. "Rose and Kevin with Mirror and Couch
By Ashley J Jacque and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I felt very moved, because I sometimes feel like I'm not really anybody. To have someone reach out and be like, Oh you’re special to me—it’s really moving...I'm just proud of moments like this...It makes me really proud, that I became someone that someone [else] looks up to...People like you are the reason that I keep going. "Rose and Kevin with Mirror and Couch
By Ashley J Jacque and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Being black in America is a wonderful thing. We have so much within us that other people wish they had—our style, our love, our forgiveness. There are so many things that you should be proud of. Don't ever doubt who you are as a black person. Enjoy who you are, and love who you are. Love yourself."Karenina with Trees
By Elliott Anthony Bourgeois and M Asselin Studio and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Being black in America is a wonderful thing. We have so much within us that other people wish they had—our style, our love, our forgiveness. There are so many things that you should be proud of. Don't ever doubt who you are as a black person. Enjoy who you are, and love who you are. Love yourself."Karenina with Trees
By Elliott Anthony Bourgeois and M Asselin Studio and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Being black in America is a wonderful thing. We have so much within us that other people wish they had—our style, our love, our forgiveness. There are so many things that you should be proud of. Don't ever doubt who you are as a black person. Enjoy who you are, and love who you are. Love yourself."Karenina with Trees
By Elliott Anthony Bourgeois and M Asselin Studio and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I'm proud of the son and brother that I became. I feel like my life is a very good example...I messed up, and I got into a lot of trouble. But I turned my life around. I’ve been through a lot…but now I can be an example. I'm proud of that. "William with Childhood Photograph
By Asiah Hunt and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I'm proud of the son and brother that I became. I feel like my life is a very good example...I messed up, and I got into a lot of trouble. But I turned my life around. I’ve been through a lot…but now I can be an example. I'm proud of that. "William with Childhood Photograph
By Asiah Hunt and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"I'm proud of the son and brother that I became. I feel like my life is a very good example...I messed up, and I got into a lot of trouble. But I turned my life around. I’ve been through a lot…but now I can be an example. I'm proud of that. "William with Childhood Photograph
By Asiah Hunt and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Josh, wow, you are a great person. You have great characteristics. I’ve watched you overcome things that have tried to entangle you or trip you up. I see you fighting against what the world tries to make you do. You’re a strong person. Stay strong. Keep a good conscience. Live your life free of ridicule...Don’t be so vain. And always acknowledge the things that you do. Acknowledge them so that you can move to the next level…The last thing I would say is, You’ve done a great job at being 15. Keep excelling. You’re going to be surprised at what’s inside of you that’s going to come out. It hasn’t risen yet but it will. Enjoy your life."Nicco with Curtain
By Joshu’ah Joel Harris and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Josh, wow, you are a great person. You have great characteristics. I’ve watched you overcome things that have tried to entangle you or trip you up. I see you fighting against what the world tries to make you do. You’re a strong person. Stay strong. Keep a good conscience. Live your life free of ridicule...Don’t be so vain. And always acknowledge the things that you do. Acknowledge them so that you can move to the next level…The last thing I would say is, You’ve done a great job at being 15. Keep excelling. You’re going to be surprised at what’s inside of you that’s going to come out. It hasn’t risen yet but it will. Enjoy your life."Nicco with Curtain
By Joshu’ah Joel Harris and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"Josh, wow, you are a great person. You have great characteristics. I’ve watched you overcome things that have tried to entangle you or trip you up. I see you fighting against what the world tries to make you do. You’re a strong person. Stay strong. Keep a good conscience. Live your life free of ridicule...Don’t be so vain. And always acknowledge the things that you do. Acknowledge them so that you can move to the next level…The last thing I would say is, You’ve done a great job at being 15. Keep excelling. You’re going to be surprised at what’s inside of you that’s going to come out. It hasn’t risen yet but it will. Enjoy your life."Nicco with Curtain
By Joshu’ah Joel Harris and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"You have a great sense of humor. You give the best hugs. It’s important to laugh, especially when there are things happening that are not so good. Laughter will help you get through…Believe in yourself, because a lot of times no one else will. If it’s in your heart to do something, there are always going to be obstacles, whether it's people or circumstances or things—but if it’s really in your heart and this is what you want to do and it feels right, then do it. "Michelle with Glasses and Papers
By Sadira Hayes and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"You have a great sense of humor. You give the best hugs. It’s important to laugh, especially when there are things happening that are not so good. Laughter will help you get through…Believe in yourself, because a lot of times no one else will. If it’s in your heart to do something, there are always going to be obstacles, whether it's people or circumstances or things—but if it’s really in your heart and this is what you want to do and it feels right, then do it. "Michelle with Glasses and Papers
By Sadira Hayes and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)
"You have a great sense of humor. You give the best hugs. It’s important to laugh, especially when there are things happening that are not so good. Laughter will help you get through…Believe in yourself, because a lot of times no one else will. If it’s in your heart to do something, there are always going to be obstacles, whether it's people or circumstances or things—but if it’s really in your heart and this is what you want to do and it feels right, then do it. "Michelle with Glasses and Papers
By Sadira Hayes and M Asselin Studio
From the series, Blueprint* (2019)

A participatory artwork commissioned by the City of Inglewood Public Art Program to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by Dr. King’s speech to junior high school students.

“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.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the fall of 2019 I met with 15 Inglewood high school students to embark on a project exploring personal value and community. The group used this quotation by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as their starting point and reflected on those who instill youth with personal dignity, individual significance and a sense of self.

Through group discussion, recollection, and sketching each student identified a person who had fostered their sense of self-worth to create a work about.

Honest, thoughtful, vulnerable, and diligent, the youth brought energy and excitement, and often great emotion, to the sessions. Portrait sessions and interviews with tears and hugs revealed family stories, childhood nicknames and words of wisdom.

These portraits and texts show how the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr. may be embodied by us all.

* Martin Luther King Jr.; "What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”; Barratt Junior High School address; 26-10-67; Philadelphia, PA