Wilcox County Holds Integrated Prom

Four students from Wilcox County High School in Georgia spearheaded a movement to hold the county's first truly integrated prom. When their story went nationwide, a Facebook page was launched and donors stepped up to provide the best of everything for the students. That prom was held this past Saturday night, and a good time was had by all.

As of Monday, with the prom finished, the page, carrying the banner “Love Has No Color” had almost 30,000 “likes.”

So many donors came forward – from as far away as Australia -- that the students say they have money left over to help local families in need. And the publicity brought in DJs from Atlanta and Texas to provide the music.

The event was so successful that the school is considering having an official school-sponsored prom next year to replace the segregated private proms held since the school was integrated in the 1970s. Link -via Metafilter, where you'll find more links.

See more pictures of the prom at Facebook. Link

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In an age when school administrations preach "zero tolerance" both on and off campus, the fact that they tolerated a whites-only event implies their endorsement.
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I am very encouraged by the courage of these students. It is no small thing to break the bonds of custom and history for the sake of justice. Seeing this through shows a high level of personal strength and commitment, which will certainly follow them in their educational and professional careers. College recruiters and employers take note!
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