Georgia Students Organize First-Ever Integrated Prom at Their High School

A group of Rochelle, Georgia students are attempting to organize the first integrated prom at their high school.

The school – Wilcox High – hosts separate proms for white and black students. Last year, a biracial student tried to attend the white prom and was turned away by police.

The students are being met with resistance; signs promoting the idea have been torn down.

Their school has agreed to allow an integrated prom, but will still hold the segregated proms, and they’re refusing to fund the event.

45 Years Ago Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated

45 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.

King had gone to Memphis to show support for the black sanitary employees who were striking for fairer wages.

The night before, King had delivered his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Watch that seminal speech below:

Fox News Contributor: Welfare and Food Stamps Make Poverty Feel ‘A Little Comfortable’

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Cavuto on Business,” contributor Charles Payne asserted that programs like welfare and food stamps can make poverty feel “a little comfortable.”

Adding that he speaks from personal experience, Payne elaborated:

From the Huffington Post:

“There’s this idea that between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty,” Payne said during a discussion on food stamp usage.

Tennessee Considers Bill Tying Welfare Benefits to Children’s Grades

Not to be outdone by a Kansas bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to be separated from those who don’t, the state of Tennessee is considering a bill that would tie welfare support to a child’s progress in school.

The legislation would allow a family to lose up to 30% of its assistance if their child(ren) are not performing well in school:

Under the legislation brought by two Republicans, a student who doesn’t not make “satisfactory progress” in school would cost his or her family up to 30 percent of its welfare assistance, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported:

Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’

Children Rally in Downtown Chicago for Immigration Reform

Yesterday afternoon, around 400 children marched through downtown Chicago in support of immigration reform.

Many of these latino children & youth were advocating for their parents, who are either under the shadows for lack of documentation or going through the deportation process.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 children have been affected by the lack of immigration reform and lost one, or both, parent(s) to deportation.

From NBC Chicago:

“I don’t want to get separated from my mother because .. if she leaves I don’t think I’m going to do good in school,” said 10-year-old Chris Romero.

CAMPAIGN: Upload A Video Letting Rick Ross Know that RAPE Lyrics will NOT be Tolerated

Yesterday we told you about some deeply troubling lyrics performed by rapper Rick Ross, in which he seems to describe and make light of date rape.

A featured guest on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” Ross raps: “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.

In response to these reprehensible lyrics, a campaign has been launched by Mark Anthony Neal, Regina Bradley, Heidi Renee Lewis, David J. Leonard, and Brittney Cooper asking for you to upload a video shaming Rick Ross for such harmful, dangerous words.

These videos will be compiled into a series of two-minute clips and spread far and wide, with the intent to “shame” Rick Ross and others – in the spirit that your mother would shame you for acting a fool.