Georgia high school students organize first integrated prom
Students at one south Georgia high school share classrooms and sports fields; but, they don’t share the same prom.
The school holds one prom for white students and another for students of color.
“We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing, yeah it’s kind of embarrassing,” said student Stephanie Sinnot.
Stephanie and three other friends say they do everything together, except go to prom.
“We are all friends. That’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together,” said student Keela Bloodworth.
In a world full of color, Wilcox County High School still sees things as black and white.
“There’s a white prom and then we have our integrated prom,” said Bloodworth.
The girls said if any race other than Caucasian tries to attend the white prom, that student would probably be escorted off the premises by police. That was the case last year when a biracial student was turned away by police.
It’s been that way for as long as anyone can remember; and, it doesn’t stop at prom.
Homecoming is also segregated.
While having two separate dances, the school decided to elect only one pair for Homecoming king and queen for the first time this year.
Quanesha Wallace won.
“I felt like there had to be a change because for me to be a black person and the king to be a white person, I felt like, you know why can’t we come together,” asked Quanesha Wallace.
But nothing changed. Quanesha wasn’t invited to the white Homecoming dance. In fact, the pair took separate photos for the school yearbook.
“When people around here are set in their ways, they are not too adamant to change,” said student Mareshia Rucker.
So the girls decided to take matters into their own hands. They’re organizing a prom for everyone to attend. But, not everyone is fond of the idea.
Some of the posters for the integrated prom that were hung up have been ripped to the ground.
The group will continue to make progress even though there doesn’t seem to be much motivation for change.
The senior class is raising money to pay for the integrated prom, without the help of school officials. It will be held April 27.
The students said the school offered a resolution to permit an integrated prom for all students to attend, but not stop segregated proms.