WILCOX COUNTY, Ga. -- Leaders of the Georgia NAACP stood before theWilcox County School Board at its work session and said it is time forthe adults to follow the lead of the students.
"These children want to go to prom together. I cannot understand thatin the year 2013 there are segregated proms in Wilcox County," saidEdward DuBose, President of the Georgia NAACP.
Currently, neither the board nor Wilcox County High School sponsors aprom. For decades, parentsand studentshave held separate parties forwhite students and black students and called them "proms."
Four seniors this year decided to change that.
Keela Bloodworth and her friends said they do everything together and prom should be one of the things they celebrate together.
"We're basically siblings," said Bloodworth. "We've spent more time together than anyone else."
"They always had the quote-unquote 'white prom' and the 'black prom'," Bloodworth explains.
They are organizing the first-ever integrated prom.
That hasmeant booking DJs, making fliers, and hammering out all the details. Butwhile they've faced some backlash from their community, they've gottenan onslaught of support worldwide.
So far, they say half of the white students in their grade have alreadysigned on to go to their prom instead of the white only prom.
It will be held on April 27 at the Crisp County Community Clubhouse in Cordele.
Things have been changing slowly at Wilcox County High School, but critics say it's not enough.
There is now one integrated homecoming court,but even after QuaneshaWallace was elected Homecoming Queen, she wasn't allowed to the "white"homecoming party because she's black.
"Hearing from other students that I couldn't, they didn't want me to go, it kind of saddened my heart a little," Wallace said.
School board members signed a resolution supporting the students whoare putting together the integrated prom, but the NAACP urged members todo more.
"We want them to go on the record as supporting one and only prom in2014 that is for all students regardless of their color. Staying silenton something like this is a problem. The children have spoken aboutwhat they want, it is time for the adults to follow through," DuBosesaid.