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Almost 60 years after the Supreme Court put an end to “separate but equal,” many high school students in Georgia’s Wilcox County attended their first integrated prom this past weekend.
“Everybody goes to school together, sits together at lunch, so we’re at prom together,” one student told WMGT during a video interview. “This is South Georgia, it’s not something you see everyday. It’s about time people start recognizing.”
Four Wilcox County High School seniors launched the effort to integrate their prom earlier this month. Seniors at the school have attended segregated proms since 1971.
Students Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth started a Facebook group that solicited donations and support for an integrated prom. The group’s description states the students want to make a difference in their community.
The Facebook group, which has nearly 30,000 “likes,” raised enough money so that the students were able to rent a ballroom and buy gift bags for prom attendees, according to the New York Times.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Meltz /The New York Times