Teens going to prom across the country have a lot of choices to make about the quintessential high school experience – a date, outfit, transportation, flowers, photos. But in one rural Georgia town, white students have another decision to make: whether to attend the integrated prom or the white prom.
Having two separate proms for black and white students has been the norm in their community until now. For the first time ever, a group of kids in Wilcox County, Georgia, are making history in their tiny town.
They've organized a dance that invites everyone to attend, regardless of race. The teenagers who go to school together and play sports together can finally hit the dance floor together.
But change isn't always easy, even if it's long overdue, and not everyone is embracing the break from tradition. CNN's Gary Tuchman visited the town to meet the student committee that wants everyone to share the night, and to talk with residents who don't support the idea.
Because segregated schools are illegal, the proms have been privately sponsored. Gary asked the superintendent of the school district what he thinks about sponsoring integrated proms – hear his answer in tonight's report.
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