Girls push for desegregation of prom

You might read that title and think, “There’s a place with segregated high school proms? You mean, by race?” Yes, the parents of students who attend a high school in Wilcox County, Georgia, USA have held a white prom and a black prom for years, as well as white and black homecoming dances.  If students who are anything but white attend the white prom, police appear to escort them away: “That was the case just last year as a biracial student was turned away by police.”

But this year, four girls have decided to work for a change, and an integrated prom, for reasons including the splendid reason that they are friends who cannot attend prom together.   There are many things about this that I like, including their FaceBook page to raise money for holding an integrated prom.  I toy with using their efforts as an example in my ethical theory class.  Girls, good on you for being motivated by friendship to change one corner of the world.

5 thoughts on “Girls push for desegregation of prom

  1. Not sure if you are aware, but Paul Saltzman did a documentary called Prom Night in Mississippi (starring Morgan Freeman :D), about a case like this. Various clips from that documentary would be instructive to show in an intro class, I think. Of course, the fact that these girls didn’t need a famous person to prompt the change makes it all the more admirable.

  2. Am I the only person who misread this as “Girls push for desegregation of porn” (and then became a little worried)?

    Moral of the story: Yes, I found it that unbelievable that there’s still a prom segregated by race. In 2013. Holy wow.

  3. Wow, that was interesting and depressing. Thanks for linking to it! Very gratifying to read.

  4. Update today: the prom-organizing girls updated their facebook page today with the news that they reached their fundraising goal! Integrated prom, commence.

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