Jaden Smith on Flint, Michigan, and How We Can All Change the World

BY DANIELLE KWATENG-CLARK • JULY 9, 2019

Jaden Smith is, undeniably, an activist. For those who intimately know the 21-year-old, they'd say his passion for creating a better world is truly in his DNA. By now, we all know his famous parents — Will and Jada Smith — who raised him to be compassionate, self-aware, and humble. But with each move he makes, he's carving out his own legacy of humanitarianism, and it doesn't seem to stop.

Case in point: Last spring, Jaden announced that he was installing a water-filtration system in Flint, Michigan (after sending cases of his JUST Water bottles for a time), that can clean up to 10 gallons of water at once for families. The process takes about 60 seconds and is free for public use. After years of waiting for officials to clean up the mess in Flint, including changing its drinking water supply from Detroit’s system to the Flint River in 2014, Jaden came up with his own small solution to a bigger issues of systemic racism.

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