Montgomery County to have first integrated prom

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - This is a big weekend for high school proms. Many juniors and seniors will create some lasting memories. But for one high school, history will also be made this weekend.

In 1971, Montgomery County high school became racially integrated. But the proms have always been segregated, separate proms sponsored by the parents not the school system.

But that will all change this year with one prom for all students.

For years in Montgomery County, there's been one prom for black students and one for white students and most of the time they were on separate nights.

But for this year's prom, a group of juniors and their parents are busy decorating for one prom for all students.

Both Macy Ethredge and Twinkles Sneed are on the prom committee.

"I think this is very important to us and our community. We go to school together, we play sports together and we hang out together. We should have one prom together," said Ethredge.

"Our class has such a tight bond, we all get along, love each other and I'm thinking it's a really good thing," said Sneed.

It all started with an idea but then students and parents started talking more seriously about it over the past several months and helped raise money for this year's prom.

Parents like Michelle Ethredge and Cheriell Brazell are helping to sponsor the prom and help decorate.

"We just decided it was time for us to do what is right," said Ethredge. "They are real close and we decided if it was going to happen this would be the year.".

"We tried to do this when we were in school and it just didn't come together but this group of kids since pre-k has had a tight bond and the love they have for each other, they are always together in and out of school and it was meant to be," said Brazell.

A prom that will not only create lasting memories but also change history in Montgomery County.

"Were hoping our senior prom will keep it going. We'll have one big prom," said Sneed.

The Montgomery County School System did offer to sponsor the one prom but students voted to do this on their own.

The prom will be held Saturday at the Toombs County Agricultural building from 8pm until midnight.

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