Georgia Students Plan School’s First Integrated Prom

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 12:58 PM

By Christiana Lilly

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For the first time in a high school’s history, black and white students will be attending the same prom.

Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Ga. ended its prom tradition 30 years ago when the school was racially integrated. Since then parents have regularly hosted private, segregated dances, according to Raw Story.

A group of four girls, both black and white, told WFSA, a local NBC affiliate that the segregation is “embarrassing” and they have taken matters into their own hands. The girls are raising money to host the school’s first integrated prom on April 27.

“We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change,” they wrote on a Facebook page that has garnered more than 1,000 likes in less than a day.

“Well, as a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make a difference in our community. For the first time in the history of our county, we plan to have an integrated prom.”

Although it’s been more than 50 years since Brown v. Board of Education, which ended the “separate but equal” way of life, change has been slow coming. Last year, a biracial student tried to go to a white Wilcox County prom but was turned away. Also, the girls planning the integrated prom said some students have torn down their fliers.

And it is not just the prom that is segregated, the students say. Quanesha Wallace, one of the black prom organizers was this year voted Homecoming Queen. But she wasn’t invited to the white Homecoming and she and the white Homecoming King were photographed separately for the yearbook.



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