Monday, May 14, 2007
Spring has arrived and prom season is in full bloom. While we are concerning ourselves with junior and senior prom preparation a school across the country is in the middle of a social upheaval that is way past due. As hard as it is for us in the Bay Area to believe, a high school in Ashburn, Georgia just celebrated its first ever integrated prom.
On April 21, students both black and white joined together for the first ever Integrated prom at Turner County High School. In years past the white students have raised money for their own private segregated party. The black students did the same.
But this year was different, the 4 senior class officers went to their principal and said they wanted the first school funded official prom and they wanted all students invited regardless of skin color. Not only did the principal approve of this proposal , he spent $5000 of his discretionary fund to make this even possible. Another $5000 came from supporters who heard about the plan in the news.
Night of prom came and went and these brave students danced the night away with all of their friends. Senior class vice president James Hall said, “tonight’s a fresh start”.
This is absolutely flabbergasting to think that there are still places in our country that even use words like segregated or blacks and whites only. We are so privileged to live in a diverse area. We are able to experience each others cultures and appreciate our differences while striving for a common goal. As we enjoy our upcoming proms we should definitely look around and acknowledge how lucky we are.