High school holds 1st official integrated prom

School had hosted segregated proms for years

ROCHELLE, Ga. - Although the Civil Rights Movement happened 50 years ago, one Georgia high school is just now holding its first integrated prom.

Up until now, students at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Ga. could attend two different proms: one for black students and one for white students.

In 2013, a group of students organized the school's first integrated prom without school approval, but this year the school is officially backing the event.

Despite the students' efforts to have a unified prom, one student said some teachers aren't supportive.

"I'm absolutely sure that there are teachers that are still in the system right now that are at my school and they still don't want an integrated prom," student Mareshia Rucker said.

Other students said the integrated prom should have been held years ago and they're finally glad to be able to attend the same prom as their friends.

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