Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Don't Tell The KKK

The AP reported today that later this month Turner County High School in Ashburn, Georgia will host its first non-segregated prom ever. The mixed prom was the brainchild of senior class officers who thought it was about time to break with the school's long tradition of hosting separate proms for white and black students. The principal has thrown his support behind the mixed prom. As you might imagine, though, - it being only a mere 50 or so years since the civil rights movement began - some folks down that way are a bit unsure about the whole thing.

The school's student body is said to be 45% white and 55% black. Only about half the upperclassmen have bought tickets to the mixed prom so far. That may or may not have anything to do with this picture from Ashburn, GA that I found on the Internet.*

Let's hope the other half of the upperclassmen come to their senses and attend the prom. Soon enough the class of 2007 will forget just about everything they learned in the classroom. (Case in point--How many adults can cite the date Brown v. the Board of Education deemed 'separate but equal' unconstitutional?**) But if Turner County High's graduating seniors go out into the world knowing they had the power to make segregation a thing of the past, they will retain something truly valuable indeed.

*Picture credit:
Crime & Punishment Museum, Ashburn, GA
**The US Supreme Court handed down the Brown v. Board of Ed decision on May 17, 1954.

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