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Georgia High School Students Push for First Ever Racially Integrated Prom

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A high school in Georgia is looking to have its first racially integrated prom ever, 30 years after the school was officially integrated with both black and white students.

Students at Wilcox High School are coming together to put an end to the segregated dances. 

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When the school was integrated, they stopped holding dances. Parents took over and sponsored them, but made sure they were still segregated.

"We're embarrassed, it's embarrassing," a group of students said.

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"We are all friends, that's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together," student Stephanie Sinnot said.

"There's a white prom and then we have our integrated prom," Keela Bloodworth said. 

And the school is serious about its white-only prom, as last year, a biracial student who tried to attend it was told to leave by police. 

It's not just prom that's segregated, either, but also homecoming. This year, homecoming was a bit awkward, since the homecoming queen was black and the king was white.

Instead of attending the prom together, like any homecoming queen and king would, they had to go to separate ones and take a quick photo beforehand for the yearbooks.

"I felt like there had to be a change because for me to be a black person and the king to be a white person, I felt like, you know why can't we come together," Quanesha Wallace said.

"When people around here are set in their ways, they are not too adamant to change."

They organized the integrated prom for April 27, though many students have protested the idea.

"I actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we've had people ripping them down at the school," Bloodworth said.

Though some are not eager for the change, the group of students pushing for it are not going to give up.

They said the school permitted an integrated prom for all students but said they would not stop the segregated, white-only dances.

Sources: WSFA, Raw Story