And it was only 40 years in the making.
Students at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia, attended the town’s first ever integrated prom on Saturday night. According to ABC News, the school board has made a practice of avoiding any type of official endorsement of prom activities for decades, leaving it up to the parents to “host and control invitations,” which has led to two separate proms — one for white students, another for black — every year since the school was desegregated. That’s over 40 years worth of segregated proms.
Although students have lobbied for integrated proms in the past, nothing ever came of it. So this year a group of seniors took matters into their own hands and organized their own prom. They created a Facebook page asking for “support and donations to fund an independent bash open to all,” and on Saturday night almost half of the school’s student body was in attendance.
However, as ABC reports:
Despite this year’s groundbreaking integrated dance, once again this year there was a segregated prom attended only by white students. It wasn’t an officially sanctioned event, but a private one organized by white parents.