Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Principal Makes Race an Issue at School Prom

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Principal Makes Race an Issue at School Prom

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A white high school principal accused of a string of racially biased actions is in trouble for trying to ban interracial couples from the senior prom.

Hulond Humphries, principal of Randolph County High School for 25 years, recently threatened to cancel the dance April 23 rather than let whites attend with blacks. He apologized later.

Civil rights groups are demanding that the school board, which has six whites and one black, dismiss Humphries immediately.

About 150 people crowded a school board hearing Monday requested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The board took no action.

"We have a principal acting like he's on a plantation in 1925," said Lathonia Wright, the Randolph County Commission chairman and an NAACP spokesman. "We got a man here that thinks he's God."

Critics say Humphries' prom edict was only the latest in a string of racially biased actions at the 680-student school, which is 62 percent white and 38 percent black. …

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