The integrated prom was a whopping success

Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia finally held its first inter-racial, integrated, prom this past Saturday night – and the dance was a wild success.

According to news reports, over half of the high school attended.  (And I’m told it wasn’t just the African-American half – a large number of white students attended.)  Sadly, however, the school did not officially endorse the event, and the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, was nowhere to be found in person or in spirit.

I’d written about this event three weeks ago.

Here’s a great photo of the prom from Lajuana Woodham (with permission). If this isn’t an iconic photo:

Integrated prom, photo by © Lajuana Woodham.

Integrated prom, photo by © Lajuana Woodham.

Here’s a nice one posted by Sandra Sahara to the Integrated Prom Facebook page:

First-ever integrated prom at Wilcox High in Rochelle, Georgia, April 27, 2013. Photo by Sandra Sahara, posted to Facebook.

First-ever integrated prom at Wilcox High in Rochelle, Georgia, April 27, 2013. Photo by Sandra Sahara, posted to Facebook.

There’s another great photo of the prom by Lajuana Woodham:

Integrated prom, photo by © Lajuana Woodham.

Integrated prom, photo by © Lajuana Woodham.

And here’s one more from Sandra Sahara.

I have to give the students credit.  Nearly half of them turning out to the prom – especially this prom – is a big deal.  And it’s a great sign to those of who don’t live in the south that times are changing, and have changed.  So thank you for that.

Here’s Good Morning America’s coverage of the prom, with video:

Keela Bloodworth, one of the four high school students who organized the prom, posted a short video to her Facebook page. (The other three organizers are Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, and Quanesha Wallace.) It’s a pretty low quality video, and you can’t see much, but it’s still one of my favorites :


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