Students in Georgia Challenge Segregated Prom [VIDEO]

Yes you read that right, segregation still exists in this country. A high school prom has kept this tradition for years but a group of friends are looking to end it and go to prom together. Watch the clip after the jump.

By Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

A group who have known each other since elementary school are taking matters in their own hands.

Fed up with an annual tradition of segregated proms, a group of students in a small Georgia town are hosting their own prom this year — and it will be integrated.

In Georgia, proms are organized by private groups, like parents, and not by the school. But since Wilcox County is the last county in Georgia where dances are still segregated by race, WMAZ-TV reported, that has meant separate proms for black and white students.

That has made for some awkward, stinging moments over the years. In 2012, a biracial student was turned away from a white dance.

This year Wilcox County High School in Abbeville finally allowed an integrated homecoming court, but the winner, Quanesha Wallace, wasn’t permitted to attend 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 tells WMAZ reporter Tom George.

But it also stiffened her spine.

“I felt like there had to be a change,” she said. “For me to be a black person and the king to be a white person, I felt like why can’t we come together.”

For the organizers of the integrated prom, the idea seemed only natural.

“We’re basically siblings,” said Keela Bloodworth. “We’ve spent more time together than anyone else.”

They have started a Facebook page and gotten encouragement from as far away at Paris and South Korea.

Their Facebook message…[Read Full Article on USA Today]

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