Wilcox Seniors Prepare for Integrated Prom
Posted on April 24, 2013
For the first time in history, students at Wilcox County High School are preparing for their first integrated prom. The high school became national news for hosting segregated proms dating back nearly 3 decades. Students’ efforts to repeal this antiquated act were a success. After months of petitioning and fund-raising, Wilcox County High School students will have the option to celebrate high school’s biggest night with friends, irrespective of their skin color, on Saturday, April 27th.
Mareshia Rucker initiated the idea for the integrated prom in January of 2012. Initially, the effort was led by a small group of just her close friends; but the group soon evolved into a racially diverse committee of ten.
Their petition for an integrated prom was met with some backlash, including from the Georgia Governor’s office. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said he refused to get involved stating,
“Gov. Nathan Deal won’t take sides in the controversy over some Wilcox County teens’ efforts to integrate their prom. This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic Party and we’re not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt.”
Fortunately for the students, their hard work and efforts paid off. After 30 years of racially segregated private proms at Wilcox County High School, the students achieved their goal of organizing their first integrated prom. Ms. Rucker says they are anticipating a decent turnout and are hopeful the night will be a resounding success.
Due to an outpouring of support, the committee has made several eleventh-hour adjustments to the prom. High school seniors can now attend the integrated prom free of charge. All other attendees are asked to pay $10 dollars. So far, nearly 100 tickets have been sold for the “Masquerade Ball in Paris” themed dance at the Crisp County Community Clubhouse in Cordele, Georgia.
While Wilcox County High School students have won the battle, they have not yet won the war. Although there is now an option to attend an integrated prom, the white prom is scheduled to occur as well.
Take action and demand that Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, put an end to segregated proms, homecomings, and other school related social events. Sign the petition to let him and Wilcox County, Georgia know that segregation has no place in any school or community!