It’s hard to believe, but ever since 1970 the high school has held two segregated proms- a spring dance for white students and a separate event for black students.
Instead of having an official prom, the school left it up to parents to organize the segregated events each year, but now those are a thing of the past.
Four friends—two black students and two white students—organized their own integrated prom and held it a week after the traditional whites-only event in 2013, and the event made headlines all over the nation.
Donations flooded in from across the country to cover the cost of the prom, and DJs offered their services for free.
The huge media spotlight on the little town of rural Rochelle, Ga. -- population 1,415 and high school population of about 400 students, made a lasting impact.
This year’s prom held on Saturday became an official school event, and race was not a factor.
Although many in the community still don’t approve of the integrated event, this greatly needed change was a long time coming.