A Real Coming-of-Age Prom

Students in Georgia decided it was time to stop having separate proms for black and white students.
2:51 | 05/09/13

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And finally tonight, our new series. We know america is a powerful country. But the strength comes from the spirit of people, trying to change their world. And tonight two kids in a small town, with a difficult past, show all of us what it is to be "america strong." Here's abc's steve osunsami. Reporter: Welcome to rural georgia. Are you here for the prom? Yes. Reporter: Where a group of white females from wilcox county high kept an old tradition alive and threw a separate prom. I don't have any comment. Reporter: If you were an african american, you weren't invited. Reporter: Mariesha rucker and brandon davis have been best friends for life, and one day, they looked at each other and decided, let's try to throw the school's first integrated prom and get everyone to come. After everything we've been through 12 years -- 13 for some of us -- we can't get together for one night just to dance? Reporter: But they were fighting years of passive acceptance. There were always separate proms. IT GOES BACK TO THE '60s WHEN Schools in the deep south were forced to integrate classrooms but refused to integrate the prom, leaving families to hold private dances. When martin luther king marched and all of these things were happening, our town obviously didn't get the memo. Reporter: These two friends sat outside the prom held by some of their white classmates and got their hearts broken. We just sat in the car and watched people we knew walk in. Teachers and friends. Reporter: And so it was disheartening? Yes. It was. Reporter: Putting on the integrated prom wasn't going to be easy. They started losing friends, and word spread that some white families might riot. At school, a few students ran through the halls tearing down their posters. It's actually bigger than just prom because racism doesn't only exist here. In this town. It exists in many other places across the nation and around the world. Reporr: So, they went online looking for help, and it came from around the world. Nearly $15,000 in donations from well wishers. I wish them the best of luck. We invested in your success. Realize that what you're doing is making a change in our world. Reporter: And on their special night, when the limos arrived, black, white and latino students walked out hand in hand. We're all the same. We're all human. We all pump blood. We all breathe. Reporter: These students won. Their prom was surrounded with love and light, and across their town, many families are applauding. The world changes every day, maybe we shouldn't follow the legacy already left. Maybe we should start a new one. Reporter: They told us it was the best prom ever, one of their last great memories of high school. And now, they're ready to set the world on fire. Steve osunsami, abc news,

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