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Is Dr. King’s dream only about black and white people attending a prom together? That’s the simple version. But it might be a first step toward something better. The governor or Georgia, Nathan Deal, isn’t willing to support the prom, but the kids are moving ahead anyway. Good for them.
Just a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, the students at Wilcox County High School finally got to have their very first racially integrated prom.
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Organized by four students — two white, two black — who decided to end their community’s decades-old tradition of hosting two private “separate but equal” proms for black and white kids, the 1st annual Wilcox County Integrated Prom took place last Saturday night at the Cordele Community Clubhouse in neighboring Crisp County.
“I feel like we are living Martin Luther King’s dream,” said Alexis Miller, a Caucasian student whose boyfriend is African-American.
And just like the original Civil Rights Movement, it wasn’t easy for the integrated prom’s organizers to get their campaign for equality off the ground.