Monday, April 23, 2007

Twenty-First Century Life: Georgia

Students attend school's first integrated prom

POSTED: 5:33 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2007

By Kristi Keck

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ASHBURN, Georgia (CNN) -- Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday.

In previous years, parents had organized private, segregated dances for students of the school in rural Ashburn, Georgia, 160 miles south of Atlanta.

"Whites always come to this one and blacks always go to this one," said Lacey Adkinson, a 14-year-old freshman at the school of 455 students -- 55 percent black, 43 percent white.

"It's always been a tradition since my daddy was in school to have the segregated ones, and this year we're finally getting to try something new," she said.

Adkinson's sister, Mindy Bryan, attended a segregated prom in 2001.

Seriously folks! This is the twentyfirst century and we still have segregation issues in the US South? I want to say there are some seriously backwards people riding on our planet, but that wouldn't be politically correct now, would it?

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