Perspective and Doing Good Work Delivered at Drexel’s Beta Phi Mu InitiationDecember 6, 2011 Greek Picnic is a reunion and gathering of the alumni and current members of the ninehistorically African-American fraternities and sororities. It was first celebrated in Philadelphiain 1974, and has been celebrated here every year since. For most of its history it was a wellattended event, but in the mid-1990’s it got to be really big. I’ve read estimates that 100,000 people would register and another 100,000-200,000 would attend some events around the cityduring Greek Week each July. The City didn’t seem to know what to do with this sudden influx of college students and alumniwho seemed like they just wanted to drink and party all night, and most people seemed to seethe situation as a public safety issue that should be handed over to the police. Businesses wouldclose for the week and gate their doors and windows, so each night bored students and alumniwould cruise up and down Broad Street and South Street. Sometimes things got out of hand. I mean, what do you do with a bunch of people who just want to drink and party all night? Here’s where I want to touch on the first point in my speech: Perspective.So you have this annual crush of African-American fraternity and sorority members and alumniwho want to drink and party all night. You know who else likes to drink and party all night?