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First racially integrated prom held for Georgia high school

First racially integrated prom held for Georgia high school

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Apr 29, 2013

(KTNV) -- Students from Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia, attended the very first racially integrated prom this past weekend.

After decades of separate events for white students and black students, the students decided to organize a prom that was open to everyone.

Four girls -- two black and two white -- created a Facebook page asking for support and donations for the prom.

Nearly half of the school's 380 students attended with roughly equal numbers of white students and black students attended.

Many in the small community say the separate proms didn't reflect racism, but different traditions and tastes.

But, in response to the first integrated prom. the Wilcox County school board plans to vote this spring on making future proms official school events, which would prohibit racial segregation.

Many students have said they don't even want to use the term "integrated prom." They just want to be able to say "prom."

Jessica Janner

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