There’s a lot we could say about the prom but we’ll just let the students talk instead. Here’s an interview with two students and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman:
Why two proms?
MARESHIA RUCKER: Our school, when they integrated, they never did start to sponsor a school prom, so they left it up to the parents to have a prom for their children. That’s how it ended up having a white prom and a black prom all these years. But when we became juniors, we decided that we get along with everyone, we all do everything together, so there was no reason for us to have a prom that excluded any one of us.
What’s the reaction in the community?
BRANDON DAVIS: Well, at first we had a whole bunch of students who—you could tell they wanted to support it, but they were too scared to stand out and stand against not just their peers but their parents. But as time’s progressed and time’s gone on, we’ve had more and more students change, come help us out, and we’ve actually had more parents.
What did you think of Gov. Deal’s refusal to support you?
BRANDON DAVIS: Well, first I’d have to say it really shocked me. I’ve never heard anyone, quote-unquote, “commit political suicide” so fast. And just by saying that, does he not realize the students who are supporting this and putting this together are 17 and 18 — legal voting age? He just, — it really, really dug deep with me.
If these students are Georgia’s future, that future can’t get here soon enough.
Congratulations to everyone in Wilcox County who supported a promising new direction.
Now, go enjoy your prom!