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Georgia Teens Raise Money for High School’s First Integrated Prom – in This Day and Age!
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It’s a little late in the game for segregated proms, but in Wilcox County Georgia, where proms are funded by parents, that’s still the way it is. Four students – two white, two black – aim to end that, offering the school’s first integrated prom.

“It’s embarrassing to know that I’m from the county that still does this,” said student Keela Bloodworth to 41NBC. She says that she and her friends “actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at school,” as she said to CBS Atlanta.

As the proms are privately funded, it is not the school’s call on when and where their proms are to be held, so long as it is not on school property; indeed, for their part, they have said they want only one king and queen for the prom this year. The school has no official stance, and yet the white king and black queen are not allowed to take joint pictures for the year book, and neither can attend the other’s prom.

  
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“I think it’s more of the personal opinions of those involved,” said City Councilman Wayne McGuinty to Fox24. “I don’t think there is an effort made to keep black kids out of the white prom and to keep white kids out of the black prom,” excepting perhaps when a biracial student was turned away from the white prom last year when the police were called.

Integrated prom is intended for April 27 and the students are doing better with Facebook than posters, raising money and interest all over the country.

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