Posts Tagged ‘Wilcox Co GA

24
May
13

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.

13
Apr
13

4.13.13 … Really? Nathan Deal stays out of integrated prom …

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

In recent days the matter has become a cause for the left-leaning folks at Better Georgia, who have been soliciting lawmakers and others to donate — in part through a Twitter campaign. The idea of funding the prom originated with a Wilcox County African-American Republican named Melvin Everson, so it rankled some on the GOP side that Democrats were making such a fuss. Robinson called the Better Georgia campaign a “silly publicity stunt.”

Also, according to its Facebook page, the integrated prom met its fundraising goal way back on April 5. Additional donations will go to scholarships for the students.

via Nathan Deal stays out of integrated prom | Political Insider | www.ajc.com.

11
Apr
13

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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