The Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the core component of 1965's Voting Rights Act earlier this year because, according to the opinion, "our country has changed" with regard to racial discrimination. But many vestiges of institutionalized racism have been slow to change
-- like the practice, in some high schools, of holding segregated proms for black and white students.
In April of this year, Wilcox County High School in Macon, Ga
., made headlines
when students organized the school's first-ever integrated senior prom.
(Since the dances have historically been sponsored by parents rather than the school
, they have been deemed private events
and therefore not subject to integration law
.) Now, John Legend
is helping raise the issue of segregated proms once more. Deadline reports the singer's film production company, Get Lifted, recently helped finance a documentary about the legacy of segregated proms at a local high school in Mount Vernon, Ga.( Those who were interviewed for the story at the time made it overwhelmingly clear that it was white parents, not students, who had always pushed for the racially segregated dances.Collapse )