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The racially segregated proms the Wilcox County Board of Education, Superintendent Steve Smith and Principal Chad Davis support at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia have drawn a response from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Governor Deal is proud of the two white and two black female Wilcox County High School students who have spearheaded the effort to end racially segregated proms at the school, and he wants the educational leaders in Wilcox County to find a long-term solution to this problem. Read Governor Deal’s statement of support here: Governor Deal on Racially Segregated Proms at Wilcox County High School.
Superintendent Steve Smith hoped that this issue would be swept under the rug like so many other racist and discriminatory things in the past have been done at Wilcox County High School, but this issue has gained national and international attention and outrage and is not being swept under the rug. Since his support of racially segregated proms has received such significant attention, more investigation of Superintendent Steve Smith, Principal Chad Davis, and the Wilcox County Board of Education is going to reveal just how they have created a culture of racism, discrimination, nepotism, and corruption at Wilcox County High School.
If we’re going to continue to strike mighty blows at racism and discrimination, we have to keep issues like racially segregated proms at Wilcox County High School in our discourses and demand and work for justice.
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)
- NAACP Meets with Wilcox County Board of Education (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Kids host their first racially integrated prom (ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
- Ga.’s Wilcox County Students Fight Tradition of Segregated Proms (atlantablackstar.com)
- Rejecting Racism: Georgia High Schoolers Demand Their First Ever Integrated Prom (VIDEO) (addictinginfo.org)
- Georgia High School to Host 1st Integrated Prom (theroot.com)