Black and white students in Georgia’s rural Wilcox County danced together for the first time at prom over the weekend.
“I feel like we are living Martin Luther King’s dream,” NBC station WMGT 41 quoted student Alexis Miller as saying. Miller, who is white, attended Saturday’s event with her black boyfriend.
Racially segregated proms have been held in Wilcox County almost every year since the schools integrated in the 1970s. In a long-standing tradition, parents raised money to host separate dances, the community referred to one as the “black prom” and the other as the “white prom.” Traditionally, most students were welcome to the “black prom” but an unwritten rule kept students of different races from attending the “white prom.”
Despite the students holding a prom designed to include everybody, CBS Atlanta News discovered the “white” prom still took place. It was held in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on April 20. No one confirmed it was a “white-only” event, but dozens of Caucasian kids, dressed in prom gowns and tuxes, attended. CBS Atlanta News never saw anyone of color the entire night.
Most of the attendees refused to talk to CBS Atlanta News. They, instead, ignored our questions or spoke angrily. “Lady, get out of my face,” snapped one father when asked why he was there.
Another father threatened to sue CBS Atlanta News, and yet another ordered them to turn-off their cameras.