Watching HLN this morning I saw a blurb that I found difficult to believe, so I went to Google and found out that it was in fact real.
Apparently Wilcox County has separate proms, one for Black students and one for White students. You’d think this would no longer be an issue given it’s been 45 years to the day since Dr. King was assassinated and 59 years since Brown vs. Board of Ed. But here in GA, there is a county that still lives up to our negative stereotypes.
According to the article, the Superintendent doesn’t see these segregated, but private, proms as a problem and doesn’t plan on the school sponsoring an integrated prom in the near future. I find this attitude disturbing especially since the school district’s mission is “Educating and challenging today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.”
When I was a Boy Scout and later a Midshipman, one of the most common leadership techniques used was “lead by example.” Clearly these students have been given a poor example to follow.
The good news here is that there is a group of seniors that are working to overcome this poor leadership and host an integrated prom. They have been raising money without any school support so that they can bring their school into modern times. They have a Facebook group, but they’re up against a challenge.
I’m looking forward to the positive effects that can come out of this situation. These kids have seen a wrong and are doing everything they can to correct it. It should say a lot about the courage and leadership that these young people possess to take on this issue.
Hopefully they will be an example to the apathetic leadership in their school district. Bravo Zulu. Job well done.