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On April 9, 2013, the Georgia Chapter of the NAACP, led by Chapter President Edward O. DuBose, addressed the Wilcox County Board of Education and Steve Smith, Superintendent of Wilcox County Schools, at the Wilcox County Board of Education’s office in Abbeville, Georgia about racially segregated proms at Wilcox County High School and other issues pertaining to racism and discrimination. When the Wilcox County Board of Education saw that the NAACP and 11 Alive News (a NBC affiliate) planned to attend the meeting, they cancelled the scheduled Board meeting and turned it into a closed work session. Edward O. DuBose and other NAACP representatives informed them that they had traveled over 3 hours and 30 minutes from Atlanta, Georgia to speak to them and they were not going to leave until they spoke to them. Superintendent Steve Smith informed the NAACP members that the Board’s meeting was canceled and rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
After seeing that the NAACP members were passionate about speaking with them, the Wilcox County Board of Education and Superintendent Steve Smith agreed to hear what they had to say. The 11 Alive News cameras covered what transpired. Watch the 11 Alive News coverage of this event here: NAACP Urges Wilcox Schools to End Segregated Proms.
The Georgia Chapter of the NAACP has expressed that it will continue to investigate issues pertaining to racism and discrimination at Wilcox County High School, and told the Wilcox County Board of Education and Superintendent Steve Smith that if they don’t make changes concerning racism and discrimination that they plan to help the people of Wilcox County to obtain the justice they deserve. The Georgia Chapter of the NAACP is investigating issues that go beyond just the racially segregated proms at Wilcox County High School—the organization wants answers to many other questions involving racism and discrimination at Wilcox County Schools in Rochelle, Georgia.
I urge the NAACP to continue a zealous investigation into racism and discrimination at Wilcox County High School. If the organization needs evidence of discrimination at Wilcox County High School, I can certainly provide it with the evidence it seeks.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Wilcox County High School and Racially Segregated Proms (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Support Racial and Social Justice at Wilcox County High School (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Ga.’s Wilcox County Students Fight Tradition of Segregated Proms (atlantablackstar.com)
- Ga. students fight tradition of segregated proms (cbsnews.com)
- Prom is still segregated at Wilcox County High School GA (motleynews.net)
- Students Need Help Stopping Segregated Prom (newsfixnow.com)
- Georgia Teens Fight for Racially Integrated Prom Because It’s 2013, for Chrissakes (jezebel.com)
- Georgia Teens Look to Dump Segregated Proms (newser.com)
- In black and white: Segregated proms continue but students at Georgia school trying to make history with first integrated prom (blogs.ajc.com)