Ga. school has first integrated prom

April 24, 2007 at 11:57 AM
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ASHBURN, Ga., April 24 (UPI) -- An Ashburn, Ga., high school has had its first prom with both black and white students -- three decades after the school's court-ordered integration.

Turner County High School previously had separate proms for black and white students as private affairs put together by students and parents. However, the class officers in the school, which is 54 percent black and 44 percent white, decided to have a combined event this year and convinced the school to sponsor the prom, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

"We've always felt like it was something that should have been done automatically," James Hall, the school's senior class president, told the Journal-Constitution. "It's very weird because at school we don't have any racial tension at all. I don't see why ... the committee for white prom and the committee for black prom couldn't come together and do it at school.

"Why wouldn't you want to?"

However, some were not so keen to break with tradition. The event was attended by only half of the junior and senior classes and a group of white students had a private party a week before the school-sponsored event, the newspaper said.

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