A GA high school holds first integrated prom
Thanks to an effort by several students, the Wilcox County High School prom in Rochelle, Ga., on Saturday was not segregated by race for the first time ever.
The school board of Wilcox County High has resisted formally endorsing a prom for years. Instead, year after year, parents have hosted two segregated dances in place of an official prom — one for black students and one for white students.
That changed this year when a group of seniors from Wilcox County took matters into their own hands to end the segregated prom.
The seniors, two black girls and two white girls, created a Facebook page called Integrated Prom to solicit support and donations to fund an independent prom that wouldn’t be racially segregated.
But old traditions apparently die hard in rural Georgia. Besides the integrated prom, there also was another dance for Wilcox County students this year — yet another segregated prom organized by white parents.
Still, fans of the integrated prom Facebook page lauded the efforts to end the segregated dances.
“Congratulations on your integrity and bravery,” wrote one fan.