Wilcox County to officially end segregated proms

Last year, Wilcox County made national headlines as among the last counties in America that still had racially segregated proms.

In response, a group of black and white students rallied together to host the first privately-organized integrated prom. Their effort drew attention from across the globe, and the event in Cordele featured DJs from Atlanta and media from national networks.

The reason the proms were segregated is because the school system would not sponsor a prom, leaving different group of students and parents to set up private events, traditionally a "white prom" and "black prom."

Even as a group of students hosted the integrated prom in Cordele open to everyone, there was still a "white prom" in Fitzgerald last year.

Meanwhile, groups like the NAACP went to the Wilcox County School Board to encourage school leaders to officially sponsor a prom.

For 2014, Superintendent Steve Smith says they've decided to do just that. Seniors this year will be able to attend a school-sponsored prom in Rochelle.

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