It's a simple message, basic equality, and it's one Georgia NAACP President Edward DuBose never thought he'd have to argue in 2013.
"The students have done their part, and now it's time for the leaders to become leaders and lead this county and let these students know that the leaders to do not endorse nor embrace anything that takes students black or white apart from each other," he says.
After seeing the stories of students in Wilcox County working to integrate their prom, he decided to attend Wilcox County's school board's work session to support them , as they talked about sponsoring one integrated prom in 2014.
He told board members, "What I'm asking this body to do is real simple. We've got to end this."
Brenda Madison, a former school board memberandthe grandmother of one the students organizing the prom, says she knew there might be some backlash in the community, but she's optimistic.
She says, "These are not things that are favorable in your smaller counties. There's the issues that are out there."
DuBose praised the students for beginning to solve the issue themselves and said he's confident the board will support them too.
He says, "For the children, the message is continue to fight when you believe in something. Stay strong. Change is never easy."
Members of the school board say they plan on consulting with school leadership to begin moving forward with next year's prom plans.