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4.11.13 … You would hope we had moved beyond this …

Wilcox Co GA, segregation, race relations, culture, teens, change:  This is county of my grandparents … this is one of my homes.  It’s time for change.

Mail Online reports that the school has not broken any civil rights laws because it doesn’t actually sponsor the segregated prom dances – or any prom dance, for that matter. Instead, parents and students are responsible for organizing and funding the private events.

The Wilcox County schools website does not list a prom in its calendar of events, nor is the controversy referenced in their “School News” section.

In the video above, the students report that there has been opposition to their plans. Keela says “I put up posters for the “Integrated Prom” and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school.”

Quanesha describes the reactions that she has met with in response to the integrated prom: “We need to stick with the tradition. This is a traditional thing we don’t need to change and stuff like that, but why? No one can answer my question.”

Rochelle City Councilman Wayne McGuinty told Fox 24 that the Wilcox County High School’s segregated prom is not an accurate representation of his community.

“I think it’s more of the personal opinions of those involved,” said McGuinty. “I don’t think there is an effort made to keep black kids out of the white prom and to keep white kids out of the black prom.”

WSAV reports that there will still be two proms this year. The students said that when they pushed for one prom, the school offered a resolution to permit an integrated prom that would allow all students to attend but not stop segregated proms.

via Segregated Prom: Wilcox County, Ga. High School Students Set Up First Integrated Prom.

Edward Lindsey

Many of you may have heard about the students in Wilcox County Georgia that are organizing the first integrated prom in their high school’s history. My family comes from Wilcox County and I am proud of these students for standing up for what is right. My Republican friend Melvin J. Everson got the ball rolling on helping to fund this and a Democratic Group Better Georgia is pitching in as well. (Nice to see a little bi partisanship at work.)

Elizabeth and I have given a donation to help them with the expenses of the prom since they are getting no assistance from the school. I hope you will contribute as well.

http://www.facebook.com/IntegratedProm2013/app_208195102528120

via Facebook.


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