First Integrated Prom: Georgia Students Raise Funds for Historic Prom
Screen capture of HLNTV on the first integrated prom at the Wilcox County High School in Georgia.
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First integrated prom: A group of students at Wilcox County High School succeeded in holding the school’s first ever integrated prom.
The group, two white girls and two black girls, raised funds through a Facebook page created for the event.
“We were doing that so we could get the word out, so that some people would be able to donate and help us out with what we were doing,” said senior Mareshia Rucker, according to WGXA. “Hopefully when everything is said and done, people in our county will really realize, that there is no sense in the way things are right now.”
Nearly half the student body attended the event, held on the evening of April 27.
The county is the last in the state where proms and dances are segregated by race. The four girls were embarrassed about the situation, especially because it meant they couldn’t attend the same event.
““We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change. Well, as a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make a difference in our community,” reads a statement on the Facebook page, which has more than 26,000 likes.
“”It was a really great feeling to know that we’re a part of history and that my class gets to be the one to make it happen,” said Alexis Miller, another senior, according to HLNTV.
DJ’s from Atlanta and Texas came to the event, and the students received so much in donations over the amount they needed that they can fund some scholarships, according to WMAZ-TV.