It’s 2013, but you wouldn’t know it if you visited a small rural Georgia town which still hosts a ‘whites only’ dance. At Wilcox County High School black students and white students still attend separate proms and homecoming dances, and it’s been that way for decades.
Now students who attend the school are taking a stand against the policy by organizing the first integrated prom in Macon, Georgia school system history.
‘We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change,’ senior Mareshia Rucker says. ‘Well, as a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make a difference in our community.’
‘Change has to start somewhere,’ she adds. ‘So why not with us?’
Rucker is part of a group of students who have been planning an integrated prom of their own, which is currently scheduled for April 27th. Fifty students out of 400 have purchased tickets to the integrated prom so far.
Rucker and her group of friends and supporters are holding fundraisers every week to help pay for the event.
The prom isn’t the only segregated aspect of the school though. Before this year, the school hadn’t allowed for the election of a biracial homecoming king and queen. In past years there were two separate kings and two separate queens, separated based on skin color.
Technically, the school is not in violation of any segregation laws by hosting separate proms and dances since the events are privately funded and organized.