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Georgia High School to Host 1st Integrated Prom

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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Georgia High School to Host 1st Integrated Prom

Integrated prom organizers Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth (WGXA/CNN)

Racial integration might be the norm in most of America, but at Wilcox County High School in South Georgia, parents still organize an annual segregated prom. When several students wanted an integrated prom, they had to raise their own money to make it happen, reports CBS News.

If any race other than Caucasian tries to attend the white prom, Bloodworth said they "would probably have the police come out there and escort them off the premises."

That was the case just last year as a biracial student was turned away by police ...

Wilcox County High School does not have an official, school-sponsored prom, or even a stance on the issue. This means that the private proms sponsored by students, and their parents, are legal. 

So the girls are taking matters into their own hands ... but everyone is not fond of the idea.

"I actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we've had people ripping them down at the school," Bloodworth said.

On Friday, the students announced on their fundraising Facebook page that they reached their monetary goal to host their prom.

Through your generosity, we are happy and overjoyed to say that we have met our goal for our Prom. If you would like to continue donating, the monies will be used for scholarships for the students who have worked tirelessly for this Prom since its inception, as well as, for the future generation of leaders.

The world is saying that we are such an inspiration but to us you are the REAL INSPIRATION. You have confirmed our belief in the human spirit and that LOVE is a universal language, because GOD is love. We believe that, that LOVE is why you reached out to us with open hearts.

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Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM
Since the school isn't hosting this private party, it is hard to get outraged because private people have all kinds of crazy prejudices still today. If the school was hosting, as the title of this story and post says, I would be calling the school board immediately.
Last year there was a party here locally where police escorted people out when they showed up with dates that were not their spouses. Private parties can have any requirements. It is sad though when parents use their kids to highlight their ignorant beliefs.
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

This should have happened a long time ago - like 150 years ago.

Good for the kids!

denise3680
by Gold Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

good for the kids, but it is sad that this even had to be fought for in 2013:/

gludwig2000
by Gina on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM
What a crying shame that things are not better and that they have to do this themselves.
toomanypoodles
by Poodles on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:33 AM

 You've gotta be kidding?!  Is this 1920?!

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Wow long long overdue

AuntieL333
by Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I can guarantee that there are folks in that town who are absolutely livid over what these girls did. Personally, I applaud them and think certain adults could learn alot from these kids.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM



Quoting AuntieL333:

I can guarantee that there are folks in that town who are absolutely livid over what these girls did. Personally, I applaud them and think certain adults could learn alot from these kids.

It's hard to imagine the parents perpetrating these attitudes with their kids.  I mean, the parents are only going to be in their 30s and 40s, they grew up long after integration happened.  I live in Georgia and was in high school in the 1970s and our proms were integrated.  There wasn't even a question about it. 

Good for these kids and I hope their prom is a great success.


4kidz916
by Gold Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Crazy that it's 2013 before this got fixed.  

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