Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Girls Who Organized Integrated Prom to See Winnipeg Museum Exhibit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Girls Who Organized Integrated Prom to See Winnipeg Museum Exhibit

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U.S. girls to see museum exhibit about them

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WINNIPEG - A 19-year-old who last year helped organize her Georgia high school's first racially integrated prom will come to Winnipeg to see her dress in an exhibit at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Mareshia Rucker and three other students at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Ga., made international headlines when they decided to buck their school's longstanding tradition of separate proms for black and white students.

All four grew up as best friends; Rucker and Quanesha Wallace are black while Stephanie Sinnot and Keela Bloodworth are white.

Their story caught the eye of Matthew McRae, the researcher and curator for the "Inspiring Change" exhibit at the newly opened museum.

He was looking for something to illustrate the civil rights struggle and his first thoughts were of Martin Luther King Jr., but the museum wanted a more current display.

He travelled to Georgia to speak with Rucker, her friends and her family for an oral history and came away convinced she would be perfect for an exhibit about inspiring change. …

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