And not a half-century too soon.
Just a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, the students at Wilcox County High School finally got to have their very first racially integrated prom.
Organized by four students — two white, two black — who decided to end their community's decades-old tradition of hosting two private "separate but equal" proms for black and white kids, the 1st annual Wilcox County Integrated Prom took place last Saturday night at the Cordele Community Clubhouse in neighboring Crisp County.
And just like the original Civil Rights Movement, it wasn't easy for the integrated prom's organizers to get their campaign for equality off the ground.
Even though many ultimately opted to attend the integrated prom, "dozens" of students still ended up at the "whites-only" prom that took place the previous Saturday.
Still, it seems the integrated prom will end up being more than the sum of its parts.