Tick-a-Thon set for a prom that never was

Fifty years ago in Birmingham, more than two thousand African American school children defied their parents and their teachers and took to the streets in a massive non violent demonstration to end racial desegregation.

For ignoring their orders against marching, school leaders canceled the senior prom for the Class of May '63. Now, 50 years later, that prom is on! Members of the class of{}'63 {}are organizing "The Prom We Never Had" for alumni of ten Birmingham high schools.

Thursday, May 9, there will be a "Tick-A-Thon to sell tickets to the prom that is to be held Friday, May 17 at Boutwell Auditorium. The tickets{}cost $19.63. Tickets may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Boutwell Auditorium. Proceeds from the event will be donated as scholarships to student winners of the "What's In a Prom" essay contest.

One of the event's organizers, Earnestine Thomas, a graduate of A.H. Parker High School said, "The prom is about healing a wound that has been there for 50 years. We need an opportunity to replace those memories with happy memories."

Organizers expect to attract at least 300 people.


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