Kenneth Smith, Jr. is not your typical homecoming king. More than receiving honors, he would like to promote positive change.
“Somebody’s got to make a difference, and I want to be part of that difference,” he says.
Before he even thought of running for king, Smith decided that something had to be done to bring the different fraternities and sororities of Jacksonville State University together. So he started planning a Greek Unity Day, a day when all the Greeks work together on a community service project.
“No matter what the letters are on our chests, we are all a part of JSU’s Greek life. There is no reason not to get along and help each other out,” says Smith, who is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
Greek Unity Day will take place on Oct. 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. Members of Greek life will meet to clean up the city of Jacksonville with the help of city officials.
All members of the Inter-Fraternity Council fraternities, National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and Pan-Hellenic fraternities have been invited, and most have already confirmed that they will attend.
“Some of them already had plans that day, but that’s the only reason they aren’t coming,” Smith says.
“It’s really hard to schedule something for so many different groups.”
The members will be cleaning up parks in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville mayor Johnny Smith has offered overtime for city workers so that the participants of the clean-ups will have trucks and other utilities at their disposal.
Kenneth Smith believes that this community project could lead to fraternities helping each other with their various philanthropies, resulting in more good done for the community as a whole.
He also believes that it will help the citizens of Jacksonville see the students of the university as an asset.
“I want the people of Jacksonville to see the students giving back to the community,” he says.
He also said that everyone has been eager to help. He has gotten the support of the mayor and President Meehan, who will be at Greek Unity Day helping out.
Just the planning of the event has helped build relationships with other Greek organizations.
“I hope this builds a foundation of peace and unity, not just for Greeks, but for all the students of Jacksonville. This is just a start,” says Smith.
For any questions about Greek Unity Day, please contact Kenneth Smith, Jr. at 256-484-1805.