Wilcox County Students Make History, Hold Their First Integrated Prom

Wilcox County Students Make History, Hold Their First Integrated Prom (Image 1)

It's prom night…which means gowns, tuxedos, and lots of pictures.

Beautiful people,” says Wilcox County High School student Mareshia Rucker.

Beautiful people of all colors who, for the first time, will celebrate prom together.

After a short trip to neighboring Crisp County, a dream is now a reality.

“We're actually here. Today is the day. We're at prom!”

For organizer Mareshia Rucker, words cannot describe. “Phenomenal!” she says.

An integrated prom makes way for interracial couples.

Clinton Bourgeois, reporting: “Did you go to prom last year?” “No, I didn't,” Rucker says. “Why not?” she was asked. “They had it segregated,” she says, “I didn't go because I didn't agree with us being separated.”

For senior Ana Goni, this was her last chance to attend prom with her boyfriend. “It means everything, I'm just totally excited about this whole thing,” she says.

Over one hundred students attended the prom. Wilcox County High School assistant principal Kenneth Daniels and Wilcox County School Board member Raymond Johnson were the only members from the school system present.

“It let you know that the kids that are coming up now, that they're into this world. They no longer want to do what they used to do and what their parents used to do,” Johnson says.

Breaking tradition through music and dance…a masquerade theme…behind a mask, race is hidden. Two DJ's volunteered their services as this one night didn't matter.

“Yes, this will truly be my prom to remember. I'm so glad that I didn't go to one until now,” says student Kameon Peavy.

Prom has ended and wilcox goes back to life as they know it. Hopefully, the night a town stepped out of the shadows of its past…will carry on into tomorrow.

Currently, proms are sponsored by parents, not the school. The organizers set up a Facebook group to raise money. People around the country donated enough for a ballroom, food, and gift bags for every couple.

Wilcox County school leaders are discussing sponsoring one prom for all students, beginning next year.

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