On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Wilcox County High School students hosted their first racially integrated prom. Wilcox County High School is located in Rochelle, Georgia. Steve Smith, Superintendent of Wilcox County Schools, Chad Davis, Principal of Wilcox County High School, and the Wilcox County Board of Education denied the request of 2 Black female and 2 White female Wilcox County High School students to host the school’s first racially integrated prom on the campus of Wilcox County High School. Steve Smith, Chad Davis and the Wilcox County Board of Education continue to endorse racially segregated proms at Wilcox County High School.
Because of the great love and support numerous people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds from across the nation and world showed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth, the four girls who led the effort to make history by having the school’s first racially integrated prom, many Wilcox County High School students were able to enjoy their first racially integrated prom. They held their prom in a nice location in Cordele, Georgia. The prom was a tremendous success and many media sources covered the prom, including CNN.
People across the world should continue to voice their outrage at Wilcox County High officials (Superintendent Steve Smith, Principal Chad Davis, and the Wilcox County Board of Education) who refuse to support racially integrated proms.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Wilcox County High School and Racially Segregated Proms (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Governor Deal Supports Racially Integrated Prom at Wilcox County High School (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Support Racial and Social Justice at Wilcox County High School (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Georgia High School to Host 1st Integrated Prom (theroot.com)
- Mo Ivory: I Went To The Integrated Prom-Gov. Nathan Deal Did Not! SHAMEFUL! (atlanta.cbslocal.com)
- Students hold Georgia school’s 1st racially integrated prom (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- New Prom Challenges Tradition in Georgia (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Ga. high school hosts first integrated prom (kvue.com)
- Georgia school holds first integrated prom (newsfixnow.com)