The word prom is short for the word “promenade”, which means “the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party”. This formal introduction is customary nowadays, and students attend and recognize Prom Promenade along with other pre-prom festivities every spring across the nation.
According to online sources, prom’s origins go back to the early 19th century, when simple co-ed banquets were held for the graduating classes of America’s early universities. These banquets then evolved into full formal dances. At that time, the growing teenage culture of the 1940’s stipulated that these dances occur almost always within the high school due to size and manageability. In the 1950’s, desegregation led to schools relocating their annual dances from the high school’s gymnasium, to hotel ballrooms, and country clubs.
During the 1960s and 1970s when desegregation was in full swing. At that time, high schools stopped throwing the year-end dances out of concern for racial unrest that could rear its ugly head at such an occasion. This led to the holding of proms outside school jurisdiction, and the parties were hosted by parents and students instead. This move led to the idea of a white prom and a black prom, a tradition that has been going on for many decades. The 80’s 90’s and 2000’s. Desegregated proms did not end until the year 2017 with Mississippi being the hold out state. Similarly, the least education state in the nation.
The rise of interracial prom kings and queens all over the nation have worked to change the stench of America’s tyrannical past. These children are forging a richer and more educated nation, then seen in the past as resources and talents are uninhibited.
The future proms are looking good. There is much work to be done. The 50’s mentality is still with us and the false narrative runs deep within many who love clinging to the past. Israel after freedom from Egypt wanted to return, returning is not an option it is time to grow or move aside and die in the wilderness, but the interracial train has left the building. You will either ride the train or be left at the station, either way it is a win win for the interracial married couple.
The children are putting in the work the parents have left behind. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings though hast perfected praise. Put in the work young people. Make it happen.
The interracial teens have answered the call and they are making things happen. Trendsetters and lights to show us the way to forge togetherness and appreciation for creatures created in God’s image.