The Leadership for Queens conference was created in 2002 by Dale Williams. The Kings Konnection established by Anthony Jones was created in 2005 and joined forces with Leadership for Queens. The Leadership conference is geared towards newly elected kings and queens as they prepare for their upcoming reigns. There are approximately 104 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and each college or university has a campus queen. Each campus queen has a court that usually consists of class queens and runner-ups. In the last ten years more colleges and universities are adding kings to their campuses to promote positive male role models. Persons who find themselves in such positions have a great responsibility holding such prominent leadership positions on their college and universities campuses; however, there is not always a leadership training program specifically designed for campus kings and queens outside of their college and universities. Kings and Queens are expected to serve their college/university with poise, style, and grace. Each king or queen is expected to be intellectual and professional. Kings and queens are a representation of their college or university whether they realize it or not. Many persons in these positions sometimes find themselves in a position that is both intimidating and overwhelming. Thus it is imperative that students in these positions are provided with leadership training options so that they have an opportunity to enjoy and maximize their reign.
In 1996, Tennessee State University (TSU) realized that the role of Miss Tennessee State University had become so great and demanding that it needed to be included in the job description of a Student Activities staff person. The University looked for someone with leadership ability and adequate qualifications, but also sought a person who had experience of being a queen. By incorporating the responsibility of Miss TSU into a job description this afforded Dale Williams, at that time, to research the needs of campus queens. As a result, Dale realized the emotional, physical, and mental hardships that these positions can bring if a person is not prepared. Over the years Dale has researched a lot of colleges and universities. She found that most campus queens are trained by employees who already have set responsibilities; nevertheless they aid the queen as much as possible. In other words most queens work with very busy people who have other responsibilities; therefore, individual time and attention can be easily overlooked. Most universities or colleges provide no professional or etiquette training to the queen prior to her reign. This means the queen must approach her reign with her own knowledge and resources; consequently, she may not be prepared to meet the standard that is expected. In a workshop that was conducted at NASAP, a student leadership institute in the summer of 2001, Dale had the opportunity to present for college queens. She realized that their needs were far greater than a 90 minute workshop. As result, the Leadership for Queens conference was created to address the queen’s fears, concerns, goals, and dreams by creating an atmosphere that has their total well being in mind- mentally, physically, intellectually and emotionally.
Campus Kings became a concern for Anthony Jones, after ten years of working with both the King and Queen at Talladega College, Anthony decided it was time for kings to be acknowledged. Anthony who had always been a presenter at the Leadership for Queens conference decided it was time for kings to be equally recognized. At first a separate conference was planned; however, because the king and queen work hand and hand on college campuses both organizers decided to work together. As a result the rest is history. Leadership for Queens and Kings’ Konnection celebrate a conference that is the only of its kind.
Kings and Queens are brought together to learn from one another as well as listen to trained professionals talk about articulation, stage presence, etiquette, confidence, and professionalism. This conference may not solve all of the issues kings or queens may have or teach all of the things necessary for their reign; but this conference will provide some helpful information that will provide a yearlong support system as well as some wonderful resources.