Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Major: Mass Communications
Career goal: to pursue communications as a career in the U.S. Army
Congratulations to Alvin Kirby, Jr., a freshman mass communications major from Savannah State University. After graduation, Alvin plans to begin his career in the U.S. Army. Read more about Alvin below, in his own words.
My name is Alvin Kirby. I am currently a freshman at Savannah State University studying mass communications. My hobbies include audio production and music. I have countless hours of community service in my hometown of Newport News, Virginia as well as Savannah, Georgia, where I currently attend school. My life goal is to use my education and experience to influence African-Americans to continue to strive for excellence.
I am originally from Newport News, Virginia. I grew up in the east end area, where the crime rate is in Virginia’s top five. As a young person seeking ways to express myself and escape reality, I got into music and audio production. I went on to take my musicianship to levels that had never been reached in my family. At age 18, I enlisted into the U.S. Army. I made that decision because I knew I wanted to go to college, and “Uncle Sam” was my sure way of affording it. I am the first in my generation to join the military, and thanks to my GI Bill, I am the first in my family to go to college.
I am most known in the community for my work as a musician and music producer. However, I give back to the community by frequently donating supplies, food, and clothing to the less fortunate, mentoring young men in the community, and doing public speaking related to suicide awareness and prevention. I also go to high schools and talk to the seniors planning on enlisting into the military and give mentorship and guidance to teenage musicians and producers.
I am currently the Director of Music at the historic Second African Baptist Church in Savannah. I am the lead musician in Savannah State’s Wesleyan Gospel Choir. I am a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, and currently drafting ideas for a nonprofit organization that will empower young black musicians and music producers that live in rough areas. When I graduate, I am going to pursue a career in the communications field in the U.S. Army, and use my salary connections and experience to empower my hometown’s future in mass media and music.
The two people who have influenced me the most in my journey as a young man are Pastor John Grey and my Uncle Earl. I have never met Pastor John Grey, but the way he teaches and uses Christian doctrines to apply to situations that are in every day life has helped me press forward, after I started to realize I cannot depend on my friends and family 100% of the time.
My Uncle Earl is another influence in my life because he taught me the basic morals and principles that I live by today. These are to be a good steward over my possessions, keep my word with other people, work hard for what I want, and always remember that the next generation is going to follow my example. The epitome of John Grey’s Christian leadership and my uncle’s wisdom is embodied by the motto that I live by: “It’s more to the world than trying to make a living; like changing it and looking back and saying that we did it.”