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5.24.13 … The Fight For Wilcox County’s First Integrated Prom … Edward Lindsey: “Its a community of good people,” said Lindsey, who spent his childhood summers with his family in Wilcox County. . “I want to make sure folks know that and not get sidetracked by other issues. These kids deserve to be commended for what theyve done. Lets keep the focus on them.”

Pineview GA, Wilcox Co. GA, integrated prom, #oneprom:  This community is one of my homes.  I am very proud of the students at Wilcox Co. High School for boldly stepping forward.

Following the media blitz, donors from across the globe, including nearly 30,000 Facebook fans, opened their pocketbooks. Melvin Everson, a black Republican, gubernatorial appointee, and Wilcox High alumni spoke out for his alma mater and implored outside observers to not misinterpret Wilcox County as a “backward, backwood” area. State Rep. Edward Lindsey R-Atlanta contributed $100 and praised the girls efforts.”Its a community of good people,” said Lindsey, who spent his childhood summers with his family in Wilcox County. “I want to make sure folks know that and not get sidetracked by other issues. These kids deserve to be commended for what theyve done. Lets keep the focus on them.”The discussion surrounding the integrated prom soon devolved into political turmoil among state officials and pundits. Better Georgia, a progressive advocacy group, stirred the pot by calling on elected officials to use their positions of power to advocate for change. Some conservative officials initially rebuked the group, but it ultimately backfired after Gov. Nathan Deals spokesman told a local television reporter via email that the “leftist” group had pulled a “silly publicity stunt.” Some opponents interpreted the comments as the governor actually condoning segregated proms.

The school’s original deadline of May 17 passes and no decision is made. Six days later — two days before graduation and nearly a full month after the prom — Wilcox County Schools quietly posts an update on its website: “Principal Chad Davis has stated that his Leadership Team and faculty have decided to host the school’s first school-sponsored prom in the spring of 2014.”

via The Fight For Wilcox County’s First Integrated Prom.

Interesting to me is my liberal friends who are amazed that conservatives can take up this issue.  The article cites Melvin Everson, a black Republican, gubernatorial appointee, and Wilcox High alumni and my brother State Rep.  Edward Lindsey R-Atlanta.  The Governor of GA fumbled on this one.  But the two other politicians who came forward are both republicans.  That should be noted.


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