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A new era: Georgia school holds first integrated prom

  • The dance was organized by a group of Wilcox County students
  • The school held separated proms for decades

Georgia's Wilcox County High School celebrated a major milestone Saturday night -- complete with formal attire, dancing and even the occasional tiara. The students made history with their first-ever integrated prom. The event was the culmination of the work of several students with support from the school board.  

With "Masquerade Ball in Paris" decor donning the clubhouse, black and white students celebrated their first dance together. Alexis Miller, Wilcox County senior, said, "It was a really great feeling to know that we're a part of history and that my class gets to be the one to make it happen."  Other students called the support amazing and described the event as surreal.

In years past, any dances such as homecoming or the prom, were private events organized by parents and students. Although the schools have been desegregated for many years, the dances were separated by race.

The new idea was applauded by the school board and even received support from across the country, but not everyone wanted the change. Posters displaying information about the integrated dance were ripped down and some students even boycotted the event.

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