Four students at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia, are bucking tradition and organizing the town’s first ever “integrated prom.” Yes, it is 2013, but parents and students in the southern town still organize separate black- and white-only proms. All of this is totally legal, because the school itself does not organize or host any of the dances itself, they are all considered “private dances” and everything involved is left completely in the hands of the parents and students. In fact, this year was the first year the school “abolished racially segregated courts,” for homecoming. The queen was a black student, the king white, and they attended different dances and had separate yearbook pictures taken. The homecoming queen, one of the integrated prom organizers said, “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?”
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