There is a town in Georgia that still has a segregated prom. Yup, you heard right.
"But...but that's illegal," you might say.
"But Thurgood Marshall and a whole host of angry people looking for change worked their asses off to make that not ok." you might be yelling.
"But remember Ruby Bridges with the National Guard behind her?" You might be weeping.
Well, the prom is not funded by the school, so, it isn't covered under Brown v. The Board of Education. The school's hands seem to be tied, poor things. It's must be hard for these adults to have no way of stepping into to change the way the rest of the adults in the town organize prom.
But there are a group of friends who'd like to go to the prom together, and so they're making a new one. I am a huge fan of building your own place when someone won't let you into theirs It's not always possible, and it's not always the right solution, but here, it's a damn good start. Let's help make it easier for these girls, who are spending their last "care free" days in high school working to make some serious social change by organizing the first integrated prom in their county.
I am so proud for these girls, I am so excited to see youth standing up and simply saying, "No thanks. We'll be over here. in the 21st century, with our friends. Who are our friends first and their races second."
Here's a link to the article I read at Jezebel
Here's a link to their facebook page "Integrated Prom". Show support even if you can't donate. Let's encourage these kids by reminding them that they are on the side of right.
And here's where you can send money to pay for prom things, like centerpieces, food and waterfall back drops where kids can have scandalous photos taken of interracial prom attendance!
And remember, this may seem like some incredibly ridiculous backwater time travel throwback insanity. Maybe your reaction is to throw up your hands and give up hope for places or people who are still clinging to things like this. But these girls could very well be putting their safety in jeopardy to make this change happen.
Remember this horrible business? It was only a few years ago. Let's shine the spotlight on them to help their cause and to keep them safe.
Thank you, young warriors. Glad to have you in the fray. <3