Harry Note - I understand that the proms were segregated because the "white men couldn't dance." :-)
For the very first time on Saturday, in small town Rochelle, Ga., students at Wilcox County High School, had their first student-ran integrated prom, an endeavor where organizers said they were looking “to right the wrongs of the past.”
That past involved students’ parents who’d host and control the prom festivities of the high school, not its school board that’s avoided endorsing the special occasion for decades, according to ABC News.
The parents held separate proms -- one for white students and one for black students.
In an effort to push back, four Wilcox County High School senior girls -- two black and two white -- campaigned for an integrated prom, launching a Facebook page asking for support and donations to fund their independent prom that would be welcoming of all.
“We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change,” the Integrated Prom Facebook page states. “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.”
The page, with its banner of “Love has no color,” has garnered over 27,000 Likes as of Monday.
On Saturday, the girls expressed their delight and nerves, posting: “TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!! SO BEYOND EXCITED :-) *BUTTERFLIES IN OUR STOMACHES AND SCREAMING WITH EXCITEMENT*
Well over 4,000 people liked the status and nearly half of the school’s student body showed up for the historical event.